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Educational Research and Development, MPhil/PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #801 (QS) Lincoln, United Kingdom
This Educational Research and Development at University of Lincoln  is a research qualification aimed at those who are, or aspire to be, senior academic or administrative leaders of primary, secondary, or tertiary educational institutions, or university lecturers and researchers.
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he programme is designed to develop the critical-thinking and research skills required for study at doctoral level. Students have the opportunity to decide on the focus of their research thesis and receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor.

At Lincoln, students are able to work alongside academics undertaking research into how education provision works and can be improved. Doctoral candidates benefit from regular monthly meetings with their supervisor (monthly for full-time students, bi-monthly for part-time). In addition, students can attend regular training sessions on research methods and skills provided by the School of Education and the Doctoral School.

Career and Personal Development

The awards of MPhil and PhD Educational Research and Development at University of Lincoln may enable education professionals to progress to become academic or administrative leaders in primary, secondary, or tertiary education. Alternatively, they may lead to a career in academia or research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Key research areas include:
  • Educational leadership and management
  • Professional learning and professional development
  • Education policy
  • Higher education pedagogy and practice
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • STEM education
  • Education and social justice
  • Applied linguistics and education.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Minimum of an upper Second Class honours degree, or alternatively a Second Class honours degree and a Master’s degree in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Part-time fees:

Home/EU: £2,204 per year

International: £7,050 per year

Living costs for Lincoln

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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