Education MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil/PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas of research:

Private education and development
Quantitative and qualitative research on private schools for the poor in Africa and Asia; educational technology; self-organising systems and educational technology for children in remote and rural areas; curriculum and pedagogy for development; the right to education; philosophical underpinnings of private education/the role of the state in education (Professor J Tooley, Dr P Dixon, Professor S Mitra).

Philosophy of education
Theories of learning; teachers’ professional learning (Ms E Hall); political philosophy of education (Professor J Tooley); critical historical approach to theories of psychology (Professor L Todd).

Research methodologies in education
Professional enquiry through action research, Ms E Hall); reflective enquiry (Ms G Edwards); meta-analysis and systematic reviewing (Ms E Hall); exploring pupil views of learning ; qualitative methodologies (most education academics/researchers); quantitative analysis (Dr P Dixon, Dr P Woolner, Dr S Gibbs); pupil involvement in research (Ms J Clark, Professor L Todd); visual methodologies ( Dr P Woolner); narrative interviewing (Ms M Mroz, Ms E Hall); discourse and classroom observation (Dr S Walsh); theory of change (Professor L Todd); video interaction guidance (Professor L Todd).

Theoretical frameworks in education
Thinking skills/teaching for understanding (Dr D Leat, Ms S Robson); social constructivist and social constructionist psychology (Professor L Todd, Dr S Gibbs); community of enquiry (Ms H Jones); learning to learn ( Ms E Hall); developing metacognition (Dr D Leat).

Teaching and learning
Pedagogy and teachers’ professional learning (Dr D Leat, Ms E Hall,  Ms G Edwards); teaching and learning in higher education (Ms S Robson); history of science (Dr A Blake); history of education (Dr A Blake); language and education (Dr H Smith); impact of ICT on pupils’ attitudes and attainment (Professor L Todd); pupil participation in learning (, Professor L Todd); early years education (Ms M Mroz, Ms E Hall); mathematics education (Mr D Wright, Dr P Woolner); coaching and teachers’ professional learning (Ms R Lofthouse, Dr D Leat), narrative therapy (Professor L Todd); professional learning of language teachers (Ms M Mroz).

Enquiry-based teaching approaches
(Professor D Leat, Ms R Lofthouse, Ms S Robson).

Internationalisation in Higher Education
(Ms S Robson).

School effectiveness and improvement
Behaviour, attendance and emotional/social/communication strategies including counselling (Ms E Hall, Dr S Pattison Dr S Gibbs); emotional intelligence/literacy (Dr S Pattison); community-orientated schooling (Ms K Laing, Professor L Todd, Ms C Cummings); school buildings (Dr P Woolner).

School counselling
(Dr S Pattison).

Creativity in education
(Ms H Jones).

Inclusive education
(Ms S Robson, Dr S Gibbs, Dr S Pattison, Professor D Leat, Professor L Todd).

Parent/school relations
(Ms E Hall, Professor L Todd).

Multi-agency working
(Ms J Clark, Ms C Cummings, Ms K Laing, Ms M Mroz, Professor L Todd).

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques and hosts postgraduate events.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalents, in a relevant subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.5 in writing), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. A research proposal, which is linked to the work of a supervisor or research group in the School and which follows our guidelines, must be included in your application. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014 

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Degree Programme Secretary
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6569

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Education.