This Professional Education PhD/MPhil allows you to closely examine a specific area of higher education. You will conduct research or combine your publications to create a unique analytical account.
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Professional Education Postgraduate research degrees PhD/MPhil course Overview
You will shape your own experience of the Professional Education PhD/MPhil. By concentrating on one element of higher education through in-depth research, you will produce a major body of work and position yourself as an expert.
City’s Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) is a central service and an academic department with a research-active team. It will help you create and realise the best possible research programme.
Our research-active team plays a key role in developing the educational culture here. The design of your PhD or MPhil will be a collaboration between us and you. We are flexible and creative, offering professional development opportunities to support educational practice. This enables you to achieve your maximum potential.
Three types of doctorates from LEaD.
The focus of this route is on academic inquiry and scholarship which requires a significant and original contribution to knowledge. The focus is usually on developing academic knowledge in this area and requires a study focused on scholarly activity in the area.
On completion of study a thesis of between 80,000 -100,000 words is submitted.
PhD by Prior Publication
This route focusses on those that have published in their discipline and have demonstrated an original contribution of knowledge in this area. The components of the submission includes the body of published work and a supporting document which synthesises the published work and indicates clearly the original contribution to knowledge (20,000 words).
PhD by Prospective Publication
This route requires you to conduct an empirical research project or a series of related projects in a similar manner to the work normally conducted for PhD presented by major thesis. The output will be a series of peer- reviewed articles which should be submitted to a journal accepted and published.
You should normally be the first author of all the publications. The articles and commentary are submitted in a single thesis (40,000 - 80,000 words).
For full details about the City PhD programme structure, please see the Guide for Research Students.
You should normally be working in an area of professional education with a minimum of three years’ experience. This way you can draw upon your practice as well as your theory and use this programme of study to develop your practice.
You are expected to have a good honours degree (normally no less than a second class honours degree from a UK University) in an appropriate subject and/or an MA or MSc or equivalent qualification.
You should be able to demonstrate proficient use of oral and written English and demonstrate the aptitude and motivation to undertake a course of independent research at doctoral level.
If you consider yourself to be a non-traditional student you may be considered if you can demonstrate substantial research or relevant professional experience/publication.
An overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing subtests. Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the Board of Studies concerned (for those students who don't require a Tier 4 visa).
For more information see our main entry requirements page.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than six months
- Students on a pre-sessional English language course
- Students on courses of less than six months.
For more information see our main Visa page.
Fees and funding
Full-time UK:£4,680 per year
Part-time UK:£2,340 per year
Full-time Overseas/EU:£12,480 per year
Part-time Overseas/EU:£6,240 per year
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.
Prospective students are encouraged to explore doctoral Grants and funding opportunities.
Our bursaries are non-repayable sums of money granted by the University, usually based on need.
Our loans are repayable sums of money granted by the University or other body.
Our scholarships are when the University pays towards your Study fees. You may also be eligible for further funding.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans
The Government has introduced a new Postgraduate Doctoral Loans scheme which can provide a loan of up to £25,000.
This will be over three years to support study for a doctoral degree.
A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. It can be used alongside any other forms of support you may be able to receive.
For more information, please see our Postgraduate Doctoral Loans page.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
City has a well-established structure and processes to support your research.
Research students are normally appointed a supervisory team consisting of at least two supervisors. One of these will be designated as the first point of contact with personal responsibility for ensuring that effective supervision is provided.
The Students' progress is monitored regularly and supported with an annual review, here the student may have the opportunity to discuss their research design and written work with their advisor.
When you commence your studies, your supervisor will assess any needs you may have for training and will explore an appropriate programme of development with you. This includes undertaking some modules to help you teach when required.
You will have the use of a desk, phone and other office resources within LEaD. You will also be invited to all activities that are part of the LEaD development so you can participate and become an active member of the team.
The City Doctoral College can provide more information about graduate degrees.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this programme your first step should be to draft a research proposal as outlined in the how to apply section and send this to Professor Pam Parker the programme directors so we can review if we have appropriate supervision for your project.
You will need to complete an application form and provide two references. One of which should be an academic reference demonstrating support for your ability to study at this level.
If you are applying for the traditional or by prospective publication routes you should also provide a research proposal which follows the format of:
- An abstract of no more than 300 words
- The research objectives
- The proposed research methodology appropriate for your study (approx.1000 words)
- A summary review of the relevant literature and current understanding or knowledge and an indication of how the proposed research will contribute to the discipline (approx. 1500 words)
- An outline work plan for the period of research including consideration of approval of any research ethics implications (approx. 500 words)
- An outline of why you wish to pursue this research and what you feel you will bring to it (approx. 500 words)
See here for guidance on writing your research proposal.
If you to apply for the prior publication route you need to submit a list of the publications and these should be in English with you as either the sole author or one of the authors. You should also include a written document of 2,000 words outlining how the publications demonstrate an original and significant contribution to the topic.
All applications and proposals will then be reviewed by the Senior Tutor/Programme Leader for the research programme and at least one further category A supervisor.
If the proposed area of research can be supported by the expertise of the supervisors in the department and the other aspects of the application meet the criteria, then the applicant may be invited for interview with the proposed supervisor and the Senior Tutor for the programme or another member of the approved supervisor team.
This interview might take place via the telephone or Skype if required.
If you wish to apply for an October start you need to submit your application by the 31st August.
If you wish to apply for a February start you need to submit your application by the 20th December.
The Department operates within the University policy on equal opportunities and so this would be demonstrated when considering applications.
For staff fees are usually waived.
You will normally register as an MPhil/PhD student and, in due course, be assessed for transfer to PhD registration according to the approved procedures of LEaD and the University.
If you would like to discuss the programme further contact Professor Pam Parker (Programme Leader).
If you need an application form or other information contact please email email@example.com.
See our full list of academic staff and potential supervisors.