Applicants will normally be expected to hold a Master's degree or equivalent. In the case of applicants to our PhD and Research Masters by Thesis programmes applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate proficiency in research methods. This is most usually exemplified by the successful completion of a taught Masters degree which includes substantial research methods training. If you do not possess such a degree, you may be interested in registering for our MA in Research Methods (Education) programme from which you may be able to progress onto the PhD programme.
Exemption from the research training requirement may be granted only on the grounds of very clear evidence that a candidate has completed comparable research training elsewhere or has engaged successfully in extensive, wide-ranging and high quality educational research activity, as reflected in publications.
If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate, please contact the relevant admissions administrator.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of your programme of study, by taking an English Language Proficiency Test. The British Council Internal English Language Testing System (IELTS) is our preferred test and can be taken in most countries.
The School of Education has recently revised its English language entry requirements for its postgraduate programmes. For programmes commencing August 2013 onwards, students will be required to meet the following standard of English:
IELTS: an overall score of at least 7.0 with no element under 6.5
TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test): at least 102 with no element under 25
If you have already completed a degree programme where English was the language of instruction, it may be possible to use this as evidence of your English language proficiency, in lieu of a language test.
If you have not taken one of the above tests, you should arrange to do so without delay. If your language proficiency falls below the standards stated above, an offer may still be made, but it will be conditional upon you completing an intensive English course and being able to demonstrate that you have reached a level of English appropriate to your course, e.g. IELTS or a satisfactory written report from the University's Language Centre. The University's English Language Centre runs pre-sessional courses, for which application forms are available directly from the English Language Centre.
Note: Attending pre-sessional courses does not guarantee automatic entry.