Education (PhD) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

The Research Degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A part-time PhD is a six year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Start date:
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
16 / 04 / 2018

Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.


The maximum duration for a part time PhD is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Most students commence their studies in October at the beginning of each academic year.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

•  Master's degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or

•  appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages


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Places available:

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

(this number may be subject to change)

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What can I research?

The main topic areas that can be supervised in the subject area are:

•  Policy

•  Professional Identities

•  Pedagogies

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts' which features profiles of all our academic staff.

You will need to complete a research proposal outlining your areas of interest and there is guidance for PhD applicants. When this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.

The following research titles give an indication of the breadth of research:

•  Transformational Leadership in Saudi Higher Education: A Study of Academic Deans.

•  Investigating classroom learner-centredness in an Omani context: how does it address foreign language acquisition?

•  Through Children's Eyes and in Children's Voices:A Study of how literacy works for children in international school setting

•  A critical investigation to determine the education needs of Practice Teachers

•  Testing Fluency in ESL/EFL in CLT:A Libyan Preparatory School Students' Perspective

•  Learning Experiences and Learning Expectations of Libyan master's students at UK University:Intercultural Adaptation and Identity

•  Exploring ESP/EAP Learning and Target Needs of Engineering Students in Oman

•  Investigating Libyan Teachers and Inspectors of English to CLT as well as Communication

•  Problems faced by Libyan Learners of English.

•  Problem-based learning in Islamic education in the formal curriculum: A case study of secondary girls' education in the Kingdom of Bahrain

•  Youth work's contribution to provision for young people with mental health issues in the borough of Bury, Greater Manchester

•  Impact of a Forest School approach to support children's learning and development

•  Exploring the relative effect of working memory capacity and attitudes on academic achievement in GCSE physics

•  '...expected to produce cows when you are given sheep...': Investigating teachers' and stakeholders' perceptions of and attitudes to the provision of a high quality and effective educational experience through a robust teaching community of practice.

•  Metaphors for Teaching and Learning in the Reflective Practice of Trainee Teachers in the Lifelong Learning

•  Influence of Neoliberalism on Vietnams Higher Education Policies. Cases of Hanoi University and Hanoi University of Science and Technology

•  Comparing leadership in effectiveness and less effective high school in Jamaica

•  Art teachers' professional identities and attitudes to promotion: a narrative study

•  Mature students, Resistance, and Higher Vocational Education: A multiple cast study

•  Envisioning Inclusive Education: A Complex Narrative of Inclusive Vision and the Self Through

•  Professional Experiences of Greek Head-Teachers

•  Techniques of Dialogue and Guided Reflection in Architectural Education

•  The narratives of teachers with dyslexia: professional identity, practice and career progression

•  What are the attitudes and perceptions of pupils, teachers and parents to the use of corporal punishment in schools in Zimbabwe?

•  Investigation into the role of public libraries in facilitating lifelong learning activities: Regional case studies from the North of England

•  Impact of Primary Teachers' Professional Autonomy and Knowledge on the Teaching of Reading Teacher educators working together to develop the use of modelling in their practice: an action research project

•  The nursing profession and graduate status in England: some perspectives from health educators and student nurses 2012 - 2014

•  My Music or Yours Miss? Cross-Cultural Paths to Inclusive Music Education

•  The role of informal learning within medieval re-enactment in the UK

•  Differentiating Regionalised Higher Education Programs and Management by Emphasising on Local Knowledge Creation through Local Social Context and Geography:A Case Study in Universities along the Thai Border

•  Attitudes to Internet Safety: Trust and Digital Literacy in Parents of Reception Aged Children

•  What are the influencing factors associated with learning for assessments of undergraduate students from different health courses in a Higher Education Institution.

•  An exploration of the extent of a sense of commitment to home cultures and relevant cultural groups among Chinese international students in British taught postgraduate education and the resulting influences on their overseas learning.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £2,115 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Additional Programme costs

Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course you’re interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.

Examples of exceptional costs include:

  • Equipment maintenance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Access costs to specialised equipment
  • Patient/volunteer expenses
  • Tissue/cell culture
  • Special reagents/materials
  • Purchase of laboratory consumables
  • Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
  • Photography and film processing
  • Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
  • Specialised computation
  • Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
  • Access to specialist facilities/resources
  • Special statistical packages
  • Access to special databases
  • Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
  • Interview translation and transcription costs.


All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:

•  Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.

•  Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.

How to apply

To make a formal application, complete the online application form. Additional details are also available that will assist you with making your decision and progressing to application.

This normally includes the submission of a research proposal of 1500 to 2000 words that outlines the focus of the planned research. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.

Additional information that will be required in order to progress your application to review/interview include:

•  Evidence of academic qualifications

•  Evidence of English Language proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English

•  Copy of your passport or equivalent identification, dependent upon your nationality

•  References from at least 2 referees that must be on letter headed paper and signed.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research programme

Individuals working towards the award of PhD are required to successfully complete a programme resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge.Attendance at the Doctor of Education taught programme is encouraged.This is Saturday delivery and is for input only with modules of:

•  Educational Research Theory and Methodology

•  Developing Research Proposals in Educational

•  Evaluating Research Fields and Designs

•  Data Collection and Analysis

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

Research skills training

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Development Programme is to support the development and knowledge of our researchers and broaden their skills base, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. The provision of the programme at The University of Huddersfield emphasises the importance of developing personal and professional transferable skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The skills development programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), further information about Vitae can be found here

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the university's Virtual Learning Environment.

Research supervision

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.

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