PhD (Prof) Education

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  • You will be supervised and taught by a team of lecturers and researchers in a well-established School of Education with a wide range of specialisms
  • Provides a structured and well-integrated programme of study from level 7 to level 8, which is flexible and diverse
  • Specialisms include teacher development, music, science, early years, inclusive education and SEND, and education leadership 
  • The University's 180 year old roots and links with education provide an excellent context for research into contemporary education


The PhD (Prof) Education is a professional doctorate programme in education, designed to provide a structured programme of study for those working, nationally and internationally, in the educational sector.

There are two stages to the programme. Stage One is the taught component (level 7) that acts as a staged preparation for the research component, Stage Two (level 8), which comprises the student’s research project. Stage Two carries 360 credits and leads to a thesis of 55,000-60,000 words or equivalent for a multi-modal project.

The programme enables students to undertake a substantial piece of professionally relevant, original research which creates new knowledge at the forefront of the disciplinary field and professional practice. It promotes reflection on professional practice as well as providing opportunities for students to study the epistemology and methodology of education research at an advanced level.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry, together with the ability to effectively communicate their findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences. The programme will provide opportunities to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new education knowledge.


By clicking on the ‘Apply for this course’ button at the top of this page, you will be taken to a Graduate School webpage where there is further information about the application process. Please download the Guidance Notes and follow them carefully.

As the Guidance Notes explain, you need to develop a strong research proposal as part of your application following the precise requirements of the application form. It is crucial that you make contact with a potential supervisor relevant to your topic to discuss this. In the Personal Statement section of the application, you must explain how your professional experience is relevant and appropriate for the programme and specifically your proposed research, including experience you may have in conducting empirical research.

Stage One
The taught component carries 180 credits at level 7, made up of six 20-credit modules from the programmes in the School of Education, plus a 60-credit dissertation. Students will therefore join existing level 7 groups for their 20-credit modules. 

Stage Two
The remainder of the programme is the research component (360 credits) leading to a thesis of 55,000-60,000 words (or equivalent for multi-modal projects) supervised by a team comprising a Director of Studies and a co-supervisor.

Independent study is essential to the successful completion of both stages.

Here are some examples of modules on this programme

Stage 1
Philosophy of Social Science Research
Introduction to Research Design
Qualitative Research Approaches
Quantitative Research Approaches
Social Theory and Research
General Research Skills

Stage 2
Thesis (55,000-60,000 words or equivalent for a multi-modal project)

The programme is intended to enable existing professionals to develop with a view to progressing into more senior positions in a wider variety of education related organizations. Transferable skills requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations are a key learning outcome for the programme.

Stage One
Full time students will need to attend supervisory meetings, taught module sessions, tutorials, seminars and other events in the day and evening, including three Saturday seminars.
Part time students will need to attend supervisory meetings, taught module sessions, tutorials, seminars and other events in the evening time including three Saturday seminars but they may also wish to attend these in the day. 

Stage Two
Students will need to attend supervisory meetings, seminars and other events in the day and evening time including three Saturday seminars.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.