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School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

We are looking for exceptional candidates who learn quickly, have the potential to contribute to the School of Education's vibrant research culture, and will go on to accomplish remarkable things in their careers. You will need to have a clear idea of what you would like to research and why, as well as an awareness of recent research in that particular field.

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a Master's degree or equivalent and should be able to demonstrate proficiency in research methods. The latter is most usually demonstrated by the successful completion of a taught Master's degree that 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 to PhD study.

Exemption from the research training requirements may be granted only on the grounds of very clear evidence that a candidate has completed comparable research training elsewhere or has engaged in extensive, wide-ranging and high quality education research activity, usually reflected in a record of publication.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of your programme of study.

Find out more about the Durham University English language requirements.

Candidates wishing to apply for a PhD degree are required to submit a research proposal in addition to the online application.

Find out more about the application process and research proposals here.

Find out about the Univerisity's Doctoral Training Programme here.

Please get in touch if you have any enquiries and we'll be happy to help you!