Education and Lifelong Learning Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MPhil (Res)

Research degree programmes (Ph.D, Ed.D, EdPsyD, MPhil) in the School of Education & Lifelong Learning are designed as independent studies at the highest level that meets the needs of individuals working or wishing to work in an educational setting - to investigate, challenge and aid improvements in the local, national, and international educational environment.


Research students in the School of Education at UEA are drawn from many different countries and cultures, and a wide range of professions and backgrounds, including schools and higher education; educational policy and administration; police, medical and nurse education; music and the visual arts; community and pastoral education; and international development. 

Research degrees involve a programme of independent research under the supervision of academic staff, resulting in a thesis and viva voce examination. 

Research in the School is broad in scope and outstanding in quality. We have extensive links with overseas agencies and organisations, and strong working relationships with practitioners, educators and policymakers in all sectors of the education system and other professional fields. 

Research is organised around a number of research groups, each undertaking work of national and international significance. Each group comprises faculty, research associates, academic visitors, and research students, providing a vibrant and dynamic research culture. 

There is strong cross group collaborative activity between the groups as well as close collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines and professions. Research groups and their expertise include: 

– Research in mathematics education 

– Adult literacy and international development 

– Higher education and society 

– Critical cultural studies in education 

– Sport, health and education research 

Sponsorship information 

Scholarships available for UK/EU and International students; these are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and for the duration of the period of study. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.  

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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