Education MPhil / PhD

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 4 Years

2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £4,195 per year of study
  • International students: £12,000 per year of study

Course outline

Staffordshire University offers MPhil and PhD awards in Education. Our students share and contribute to a vibrant research community that operates at the cutting edge of knowledge. Students can study through full-time, part-time or blended-learning routes, and are supervised by staff with expertise in a wide range of areas in Education.

Course content

Staffordshire University awards a PhD to candidates who have critically investigated an approved topic resulting in an independent study, making an original contribution to knowledge. They also need to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field, and present a written thesis which is to be defended by oral examination.

Time commitment

The minimum and maximum time periods for MPhil/PhD and PhD direct are shown below:

Route/Mode of study



Full-time     Minimum:  18 months Maximum: 36 months

Part-time    Minimum:  24 months Maximum: 48 months


Full-time     Minimum:  30 months Maximum: 48 months

Part-time    Minimum:   42 months Maximum: 72 months

PhD Direct Entry

Full-time     Minimum:   24 months Maximum: 48 months

Part-time    Minimum:   36 months Maximum:  72 months


Full-time students

Full time students need to work at least 37 hours a week.

Blended-learning students

You are normally at Staffordshire University for four months each year and work as a full-time student in that period, as above. You will work as a part-time student for the remainder of the year and will be expected to work for at least 20 hours per week. 

Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant area in Education

Routes to a PhD

There are several routes to gaining a PhD.

  • MPhil/PhD is the most common route for Education students. The MPhil stage usually includes a critical review of existing academic literature on the subject and often a pilot research study. This can then be written up (c 30,000 words) and successful students are awarded an MPhil. Alternatively if you decide to progress to the PhD you can do so by a short report (c5,000 words) which acts as a summary of the work done so far and a plan for the PhD itself. At Staffordshire University students can undertake an MPhil or MPhil/PhD by part-time, full-time or blended learning.
  • Direct PhD is where the candidate already has an MPhil degree in the intended area for the PhD. Otherwise the students need to register for an MPhil leading to PhD as above. Direct PhD study can be completed by full-time, part-time or blended learning.


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