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School of Education

Postgraduate Research Programmes

The Durham University School of Education is committed to providing both a stimulating and supportive environment for our research postgraduates, a commitment that is reflected in our outstanding results from the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and our 1+3 funding status for Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) full-time studentships.

What differentiates the School of Education from other providers is the growing focus of many of our researchers on quantitative methodologies (random controlled trials, impact studies, etc.), intercultural education and the psychology of education, as well as our strong links to the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) - a non-profit organisation based at Durham University, which is one of the largest independent providers of educational assessment and monitoring systems in the world.

Currently over 200 research postgraduates from all over the world are enrolled on our research programmes and these students contribute to the culture of academic brilliance that we foster here in the School of Education. All students work alongside our researchers to substantially enrich and develop the fields of educational theory and professional practice.

We develop and support our students on an individual basis. In addition to offering excellent facilities, accommodation and study support materials, our departmental Research Development Fund allows students to apply for financial support for activites that might further their career, including conference attendance. Students regularly attend discussion groups, seminars and social activities, while our Research Seminar Programme, which includes public seminars and lectures by expert academics nationally and internationally, is popular with both students and staff alike. Students have access to in-house and university-wide training sessions, such as the Doctoral Training Programme. All research postgraduates maintain regular contact with their personal supervisory team, whether face-to-face or via email, telephone or video-conferencing. In this way, all students can benefit from the experience and expertise of our renowned academic staff. We offer three postgraduate research programmes, including our Doctorate in Education (EdD) - a course designed specifically for education professionals and available in a variety of learning modes, such as full or part-time study and our 'blended learning' route: the ISPI. We welcome applications from potential students wishing to further their knowledge and increase their understanding in any area of educational research.

Applicants who are interested in a career in educational research but have not have completed a taught Master's degree that includes substantial research methods training, may wish to consider our MA in Research Methods (Education) - a programme designed to equip students with the knowledge required to become an educational researcher, as well as broad analytical skills that would be an asset in any sector. Many students on this programme progress onto our PhD programme and funding may be available to eligible applicants from the Economic and Research Council (ERSC) 1+3 route.