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Education, MPhil/PhD Postgraduate prospectus

  • Our PhD programme is flexible in delivery and designed to support you in the challenges of doctoral study and research
  • Our teaching and supervisory teams draw on a vast range of practical and academic experience in educational research and doctoral supervision
  • You will develop advanced doctoral research methods, theoretical knowledge and critical analysis skills to produce a significant doctoral dissertation.

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3 years full time

5-6 years part time



'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.'
 - Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

The University of Greenwich has long been a centre for excellence in teacher training and education, and we have a strong commitment to meeting the needs of those who want to study at the highest academic level. 

Our PhD in Education and our PhD in Education and Training are intended for qualified and experienced lecturers, teachers, trainers, other professionals working in education or those who want to explore education as an academic subject. Both PhD programmes are flexible but rigorous, and are designed to support you through the challenges of doctoral study and research. 

PhD Education and Training

Doctoral applicants choose which PhD to apply for depending on what they would like the final title of their doctorate to be. Applicants who work in schools tend to choose the PhD in Education, whereas many of our applicants who work in vocational areas choose the PhD in Education and Training. The choice is open and the only difference is in the final title.

Academic support

We currently have 20 students on our PhDs in Education programmes at the University of Greenwich. They are each supported by a supervisory team of three lecturers, with a strong background in practical and academic experience, both in educational research and in doctoral supervision.

Our programme has a dedicated programme leader, programme administrator, and a wide range of supervisors. Students' progress is also monitored and supported by committees within our department and the university. Your fellow students will also provide a rich source of peer support, alongside the students from our Health and Social Care PhDs and Psychology PhDs.

Programme structure

If you apply successfully for our MPhil/PhD programmes you will initially be enrolled on an MPhil, and then upgraded to PhD after you have completed a substantial piece of doctoral level work. You meet regularly with your supervisory team throughout the process, and they will support you both in the practicalities of producing a dissertation and defending it at viva. The team will also help you develop advanced skills in contemporary theoretical knowledge, critical analysis, doctoral research and evidence-based inquiry; ultimately, this will allow you to reach doctoral standard, that is, it will allow you to make a contribution to knowledge informed by original research and scholarship.

Research projects

Recent research projects include:

  • Leadership and management in education
  • Leadership in higher education
  • Professionalism and professional practice
  • Comparative studies
  • Work-based learning
  • Lifelong learning
  • E-Learning, social networking
  • Pedagogy, learning theories and learning and teaching
  • Widening participation, access, achievement and the student experience
  • Literacy and pedagogy
  • Creativity and complexity theory
  • Alternative education
  • Teachers as researchers
  • Experiences of LGBT+ teachers and students
  • Childhood studies and history of education.

There are also a range of other individually negotiated subject areas.

Application process

As part of your application, please identify an area of research that you wish to pursue and submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words along with your application form. Please also submit a CV along with the form.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • A Master's degree from within education, training and related professional fields
  • AND normally at least three years' professional experience.

Extra information


Students are assessed through their research thesis.


Graduates from this programme have gone on to a range of middle and senior academic and management roles in schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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