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MPhil/PhD Education – Research Degree

Suitable for either experienced practitioners and well-qualified graduates looking develop their research skills, a research degree allows you to carry out supervised research into a wide range of areas such as pedagogy and new technologies, autism, and leadership and management in education.

Course length 2-7 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

This research degree is appropriate if you are either an experienced, well-qualified practitioner looking to improve your academic and personal development or you are a suitably qualified graduate looking to extend your research skills and conduct a piece of educational research at doctoral level.

A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and carrying out supervised research – a systematic high level study of a problem or topic and presentation of results as a written thesis.

Normally you register for PhD subject to confirmation in the first instance and get confirmation after about one year of full-time study or its part-time equivalent. You must have a relevant UK masters degree with a substantial research training element to apply for direct PhD registration. It is also possible to study for an MPhil.

Supervision is available in various research areas including

• education policy studies

• TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages)

• pedagogy and practice

• pedagogy and new technologies

• social inclusion

• education and disability

• autism

• early years education

• language and literacy in education

• mathematics education

• leadership and management in education

• higher education

We invite applicants to discuss their areas of interest before formulating a research proposal.

This degree is hosted by the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally a UK honours degree (first or upper second class) or a UK masters degree. We consider candidates with other qualifications individually.

You must have a relevant UK masters degree with a substantial research training element to apply for direct PhD registration.

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 7.0 score with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – two years to MPhil, three to four years to PhD
Part-time – three years to MPhil, four to seven years to PhD
Various start dates

Typical modules may include

Course content

In addition to your subject-focused research activity you must complete research training modules unless you have previously studied these on an appropriate masters degree. Fees for these modules are covered in the full-time fee. Part-time students must pay for these additional modules. Please contact us for further details.

During your research leading to your thesis, you work under the guidance of your supervising team.

Assessment Production of a written thesis followed by an oral examination where you explain your work.


Your research degree equips you with the skills to develop a career as a researcher in education and related fields.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Full-time – typically £4,121 a year
Part-time – typically £2,065 a year

Fees are aligned to Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,100 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,400 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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