Education, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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We undertake a wide range of educational research. Staff research expertise can support projects in the areas of pedagogy, learning assessment and curriculum as well as human rights, equality and social cohesion. Underpinning all of our research is a commitment to achieving a real impact in the lives of educators and learners with a strong emphasis on ethical engagement. 


Education staff play a major role in the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, in particular the ‘What Works for Schools’ strand. This is a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre comprising over 90 academic and research staff. We are also home to three other globally recognised research centres:

  • Centre for Behaviour Analysis
  • Centre for Children's Rights
  • Centre for Shared Education


Our Doctoral Research Centre has a lively community of over 200 full-time and part-time research students. The Centre co-ordinates training and support for our research students and organises a series of research seminars, conferences, and workshops for Doctoral students throughout the year.

The research student body is active and dynamic and a particular highlight of the Doctoral student year is the annual Doctoral Conference which is jointly organised with Doctoral students in University College Dublin. Research students are encouraged to play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities undertaken within the School and there are many resources available including:

  • a wide range of specialist research methods modules which are available as part of the EdD programme, are also open to PhD students
  • access to the Queen's University Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme
  • office accommodation with access to computing facilities and support to attend conferences for full-time PhD students


Many of our Phd graduates have moved into academic and research roles in Higher Education while others go on to play leading roles in educational practice, the public sector or within NGO’s. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Strengths

Our research comprises a variety of methodologies, among which are randomised control trials; ethnographic, children’s rights-based, multidisciplinary, projective and constructivist methodologies, and large-scale attitudinal surveys. Innovations in methodology, as well as developing innovative practice, are key drivers of our research activity. The wider influence of research is also evident in the extensive involvement of staff and students in key national and international research networks and our ability to attract major international conferences to Queen’s.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements


The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider,or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. A 2.2 may also be considered Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15100 International
  • GBP 4195 EU/EEA


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