Postgraduate

Education MPhil, PhD

Education MPhil, PhD

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

Profile

We have expert supervision available in a wide variety of education subjects. Our research areas range from early year's policy through to internationalisation in higher education.

We offer expert supervision in the following research areas:

  • early year's policy with a focus on language and communication
  • social justice in education
  • gifted and talented children in Africa, India and the UK
  • education in popular culture
  • early literacy
  • technology enhanced learning, including language learning
  • learning to teach languages
  • counselling and wellbeing in children and adults
  • the physical leaning environment
  • teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • internationalisation in Higher Education

Our supervisors' current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles. Most of our staff have professional experience in teaching, speech and language therapy or English language teaching before entering academia. You should contact Carolyn Letts, Director of Postgraduate Research, or a member of our staff as a potential supervisor before applying. You will need to submit a short research proposal (1000 words max).

Delivery

You will study in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. This is a diverse School with a high number of international students.

During your studies you will have regular meetings with your supervisory team. This is supported by email and Skype.

Your attendance on campus is flexible to accommodate your field work or data collection.

Many of our students already have well-developed professional careers. They use their professional experience to frame their research questions, connecting theory and practice. Part time study is available for those who want to study whilst working in the UK.

Our cross-disciplinary seminars include education, speech and language sciences and applied linguistics. In attending seminars you will engage with staff and students from around the world.

There is an annual competition for funded studentships through the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership. You should contact us to discuss supervision opportunities before applying for a studentship. 

Our links with research centres and institutes provide opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary seminars and interest groups. Our most important connections are with:

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  • Education Research MA

    Our course provides you with social science research training and specialised education modules. It is ideal preparation for doctoral research in education.

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Training & Skills

You will receive a tailored package of support from the University to ensure you maximise your research and future career. There are also opportunities to undertake your research at Newcastle within a Doctoral Training Centre, Centre for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnership.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Training Programme and Student Support

Our Faculty Research Training Programme is a community made up of postgraduates from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as a sound foundation for doctoral studies.

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. Staff and students from across a range of disciplines can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training.

You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite, a purpose-built facility for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences. There are also a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our Research Student Support Team will provide support and advice throughout your studies. The team can help you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Doctoral training centres and partnerships

Being part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) means that you can benefit from the research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics. You'll also be studying alongside a cohort of other PhD students.

These centres are often interdisciplinary, combining expertise and training from multiple subject areas. You may also be able to collaborate with an industrial or commercial organisation.

Your PhD will be funded. Normally the fees are covered and you'll receive a tax-free stipend or living expenses. Additional funding is sometimes available to cover things such as conference attendance and research materials.

The centres/ partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK

Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*

EU

Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*


*The fees stated above are for 2019 entry only. We are aligning our 2020 entry tuition fees for UK/EU students with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Once these fees have been confirmed (typically February), we will update this page.

International

Full time: £17,340

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalents, in a relevant subject.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

You need to submit a research proposal with your application. Your proposal must link to the work of a supervisor or research group in the School. The Graduate School has guidelines on how to produce a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB).

Start dates

There are two possible start dates, although in some circumstances we can sort out an alternative date:

  • January
  • September

There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Carolyn Letts
Director of Postgraduate Research
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7390
Email: pgrecls@ncl.ac.uk

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