PhD Education / Overview
Year of entry: 2021
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- Degree awarded
- 3 years
- Entry requirements
- A First or Upper Second Class Bachelor's degree (or its international equivalent).
- A relevant master's degree, with Merit and a minimum average grade of 60% in both the taught course units and your dissertation (or international equivalent of 60%).
- How to apply
- Apply online
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Research in education has to be able to make a difference.
PhD Education will allow you to conduct world-changing research that addresses key issues in social justice and enables evidence-informed educational change.
The Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) builds upon a long-standing reputation for excellence in educational research and teaching with a tradition stretching back to 1890, when education was first established as a focus for study within The University of Manchester. We are one of the largest graduate educational research communities in the UK, with a rich diversity of opportunity for our postgraduate research students.
The MIE approach to research is distinctive; through a focus on equity and practice, we make a significant contribution to the University's goal of social responsibility.
Our aim is to ensure that our educational and allied research is at the cutting-edge of theory and practice, and that it contributes to improvements in the overall wellbeing of students, their families and communities throughout the world.
Productive partnerships with policy-makers and practitioners have also been developed in order to interplay ideas, evidence and strategy. Manchester Institute of Education research themes include:
- Critical Education Policy and Leadership (CEPaL);
- Critical Pedagogies and Maths Education (CPME);
- Disadvantage and Poverty (DP);
- Education and Psychology (EP).
As a PhD student, you will join a vibrant and dynamic group of people with diverse backgrounds, interests and world views, and gain the opportunity to work with leading experts who have a broad range of experience and knowledge in the respective fields. There will also be many opportunities for you to become involved in ongoing research projects.
The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and programmes.
On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.
For more information, see Open days
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £6,000
International, including EU, students (per annum): £19,000
UK students (per annum): £3,000
International, including EU, students (per annum): £9,500
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
Your fees will cover the cost of your study at the University, as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, examinations and graduation (excluding graduation robe hire).
Payment of tuition fees will also entitle you to membership of The University of Manchester library, the Students' Union and the Athletic Union.
We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.
Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.
Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool
The UK government has confirmed that doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes including professional doctorates from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.
UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.
Programmes in related subject areas
Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.
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