PhD in Education





3 years


School of Education & Social Sciences

Start date

January, October

Key areas of study | PhD in Education London

Completing a research degree in education will leave you more informed and qualified than any of our education related qualifications will. A PhD is the highest rated research degree awarded by UWS and the specialist knowledge acquired through academic research is known to increase employability. 

A PhD in Education will be invaluable for a career in education or the social sciences. You might be interested in social policy, public health, pedagogy, curriculum, or you might have your sights set on a particular educational institution that you see yourself being a part of. Maybe you want to become a lecturer to pass on knowledge in a specialist area to the next generation. Or, perhaps you’ve found a gap in educational research that you passionately feel needs to be addressed. 

Whatever your reason for being interested in a PhD in Education, UWS recognises the value of this degree and want to hear your research proposal. 

Have a look at the education section of our Research Institutes, Centres & Groups page to find the latest information on the various research resources available across the university. 

Apply for a PhD in Education

Each academic year, UWS London has two intakes of PhD students: October and January.

As part of the application process, you will need to demonstrate your understanding of academic research. You will need to clearly communicate the research you wish to carry out as part of the PhD and how you plan to achieve it. This information will take the form of a research proposal, which you may have had experience with writing already if you’ve carried out any academic research up to now. This proposal will be evaluated by the education specialist staff at UWS.

If the team feel like your research proposal has potential, you will be invited to take part in our Foundational Research Methods Course. This course will clarify the research journey here at UWS as well as strengthen your research proposal further. 

Once you’ve completed the Foundational Research Methods Course, you can apply for your PhD in Education at UWS London. 

Do you need some help with writing your proposal?

There is lots of useful information online on how to write a thorough academic research proposal in a clear and concise way. for example, set out a helpful outline and structure of a proposal that covers everything you need to include. 

What are the entry requirements?

Most of our applicants for a PhD in Education will either have a master’s degree or an honours degree in a relevant area. However, your ability to carry out academic research at PhD level is not reliant on either of these. Your qualifications will be taken into consideration alongside your research proposal which is what we’re most interested in.

For all of the PhDs that UWS London offer, there are English language requirements. If English isn’t your first language, when you apply you will be required to show your IELTS certificate. Your certificate will need to be dated within 2 years at the time of applying and you will need to have achieved an overall score of 6.5 or higher with no sub-test achieving a score of 6.0 or lower.

Get in touch

If you’re unsure about how qualified you are for our PhD in Education or have any questions, please get in touch with our team at UWS and we can talk about your options. 

You can find more information about Research here at UWS here.