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(Professional) Education, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #601 (WUR) ,
The PhD (Professional) Education is a doctoral research programme of equivalent standing to the traditional Doctor of Philosophy, with a focus on research and professional practice which aims to aid the dissemination, development and management of a range of professional practice and policy development.


 It provides an integrated and structured programme of study aimed at current and future educators who wish to conduct original research relating to their professional context or area of educational practice.

The programme is designed around a coherent taught component during which students undertake three core modules, two optional modules and a research component, during which they conduct field work, analyse their data in light of existing knowledge, and write a thesis for examination.

During the taught stage, the core modules aim to support you in identifying your specific research questions through a critical review of the literature; develop the requisite knowledge, understanding and practical skills in appropriate research methods; and produce a compelling rationale and plan for conducting a substantive piece of original research. Optional modules allow you the opportunity to deepen your existing subject knowledge and/or broaden your appreciation of the study of education.

The research stage involves the implementation of your research proposal through the exercise of rigorous data collection and analysis, leading to the production of a 60,000-word thesis that systematically presents your research, learning, and contribution to knowledge.

Throughout the duration of the programme, you will be part of a diverse, supportive, and intellectually challenging research environment in the School of Education. In addition to the programme requirements, all students are encouraged to engage in broader post-graduate training opportunities, present their work to academic audiences and communicate the significance of their research to colleagues and peers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Critical Engagement with Educational Literature
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Thesis - PhD (Professional) Education
Optional (students select two):
  • Education and Social Justice
  • Educational Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
  • Mentoring and Coaching for Educational Professionals
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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

  • A minimum 2:2 honours degree. Relevant professional experience is considered.
  • International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.
  • All applicants will be interviewed following a review of their research proposal.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    4600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4600 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Part-time fees:
  • Home/EU: £2,300
  • International: £6,650

Living costs for Lincoln

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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