Postgraduate research


As a postgraduate research student at the Institute of Education, you join a research community at one of the UK's 10 most research-intensive univerisites. During your time with us, we encourage you to take an active role in the wide range of opportunities available to research students at the Institute, and to engage with the important and often complex issues which arise in research within the field of education. The Institute of Education boasts a number of internationally recognised academics, many leading experts in their field. There are two research groups at the Institute:

  • Language and Literacy in Education: First and Second Language Research Groups
  • Equity, Inclusion and Improvement

  • Areas of research expertise for members of staff are listed with details of our research.


    There are students from the UK and abroad studying on both a full-time and part-time basis. For further infomation on our Postgraduate research students and their projects please visit
    PGR Students

    Doctoral Student Development and Support

    Doctoral students enjoy a dedicated study space which includes desks, IT equipment, Wifi and printing facilities. They also have opportunities to develop their research skills in a number of others ways. Weekend conferences, for example, allow both PhD and Ed D students to come together to receive feedback on their research as well as training on employability skills, such as writing for publications as well as more generic support, for example, in preparing for and having a viva. Within the Institute, doctoral students are encouraged to attend and present at the Institute's Thursday research seminar series in termly reserved slots. They are also invited to contribute to our annual Institute Research Day. A library catalogue of these filmed events, available via our Mediasite, provides a rich resource upon which doctoral students can draw as does a dedicated Blackboard site for the Institute's Ed D and PhD students.

    Research Seminars

    The Institute runs regular research seminars for student and staff development. In addition, we also offer suitable research students a unique opportunity to gain further research experience through involvement in the research work of our staff, carrying out small amounts of paid work. Our weekly research seminar series and research groups give you regular access to cutting edge research. For further information please visit Research Seminars

    The University library

    Located on the Whiteknights campus, the University's library contains over a million volumes, 24 -hour computer laboratory, online virtual learning and a wide range of professional development courses.

    The University Graduate School

    The Graduate School works in partnership with us to provide you with the support and skills training that you need to fulfil your potential as a developing researcher. A key component of skills training is the Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP), composed of symposia, seminars and workshops of relevance to research students at all stages of the research process.

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