PhD in Education

webstaff2015suzanne-graham01Professor Suzanne Graham (right), Research Division Leader and Professor of Launguage and Education.

Postgraduate research students are an important and integral part of the research community at Reading. 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.

ioe-Tomazs PhD"I chose to study at the Institute of Education as it offered more than I expected in terms of the support in my research area: internationalisation of higher education. Considered as leading experts in linguistic diversity and education, I specifically chose my supervisors to help me reach full potential not only in my research area but also in my professional career in academia. Moreover, I was attracted by both the rich and flexible programme, high calibre teaching and the wide range of research-driven opportunities. Finally, the Institute of Education came across very strongly as the kind of bustling international community that I wanted to be part of. I've had an outstanding experience as a doctoral student at the Institute of Education. I have been actively encouraged to take advantage of all opportunities to become a professional researcher through engagement not only with my own research but also with other students' areas of interests." Tomasz John, PhD student.

Reading Graduate School

As a research student at the Institute of Education, you become a member of the University of Reading Graduate School. The Graduate School is the hub for all doctoral research activity across the University. The University provides a wide range of skills training through the Reading Researcher Development Programme within the Graduate School. The RRDP offers a wide range of symposia, seminars, development workshops and activities of relevance to research students at all stages of the research process. This is the support you will need to fulfil your potential as a developing researcher. it will also benefit you greatly by providing an exciting and supportive environment for you to meet others and share your interests and ideas.

The Institute currently has about 70 PhD students from the UK and abroad studying on both a full-time and part-time basis. Good facilities on the London Road campus include a research base for research students. 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. Dr Daisy Powell is our newly-appointed Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. Areas of research expertise for members of staff are listed with details of our research .

Research students in the Institute of Education benefit greatly from having access to a range of research active staff, specialist research groups and research development opportunities that support their study. As a student in the Institute of Education you will be able to participate and attend our annual research conference and have access to cutting edge research through our weekly research seminar series as well as specialist research methods training programme via our Graduate school


The Institute of Education boasts a number of internationally recognised academics, many leading experts in their field. Research students benefit greatly by being supported through their programme by a team of supervisors, typically two academics who are research active within the student's area. To find out more about our staff and find a supervisor please visit our staff profile pages.


The PhD thesis is examined by viva voce and in accordance with the Code of Practice for Research Students, the Guide for Examiners for Higher Degrees by Research and Rules for the Submission of Thesis for Higher Degrees by Research. The thesis is required to make a distinct contribution to knowledge/profession, to be original and demonstrate an ability to relate to the existing body of research within the field.

Examples of what some of our recent students have explored

  • Maria Aaron: Bilingual Education
  • Faizahani Ab Rahman: The challenges faced by Malaysian female postgraduates studying in universities in England
  • Onyedikachi Abiodun-Ekus: Literacy Learning Experiences of Deaf Secondary School students in Nigeria
  • Fatema Al Amouri: Curriculum Scope and Sequence Development for Grades 9-12: New Vision for Chemistry Curriculum
  • Zdislava Siskova: The relationship between lexical richness and cohesion in written production of EFL learners
  • Hamda Al Naimi: Investigation of Students in Qatar's Public High Schools Regarding Higher Education and Career Choices
  • Yousif Alanezi: The use of technology in HE teaching in Kuwait
  • Mohammed Alromaih: The impact of the new authorities on the effectiveness of the role of head teachers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Anthony Attwood: Transfer of conceptualization patterns in a bilingual child: The construal of motion events in Spanish and English
  • Heike BrutonAn investigation into the subject of German in UK schools 
  • Tomasz John : The Internationalisation of Higher Education: enhancing the postgraduate student teaching and learning experience

Entry requirements

Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained a Masters degree and to provide a 1000 word research proposal. For further information, please contact the Administrative Team on the e-mail below in the first instance or follow the How to apply link, on the right hand side

Information on English Language requirements (if your previous qualification was not studied in English) can be found here:


For information on current fees please click here: Fees

Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Studentships

The Institute of Education is offering a number of open studentship for those seeking to undertake a three year PhD at the Institute of Education. For further information, please follow the link below:

Institute of Education Postgraduate Research Studentship


In the first instance enquiries about PhD study should be directed to the Administrative Team:


Telephone: 0118 378 2614

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