This MPhil/PhD programme provides a route for students to carry out their own research project, an investigation that will eventually contribute to the field of knowledge within the educational and social sciences. Research students engage with the academic community within the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and will benefit from the comprehensive IOE Research Training Programme.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £6,570 (FT) £3,285 (PT)
- £15,570 (FT) £7,785 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
The normal minimum requirement is an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an equivalent professional qualification. The majority of our successful applicants also hold a Master's degree with Merit (or equivalent), and would have relevant experience.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Within the department, there is also a wide range of country expertise that includes Africa (e.g. sub-Saharan Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda), Asia (including East, South and Southeast Asia), Europe, South America (e.g. Brazil, Peru), and the US.
In addition, students benefit from the research work carried out at the centres based in the department, a number of which are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). More details about staff research and publications are available on the department website.
- Adult Education, and Literacy and Numeracy
- Comparative Education, including Education Policy Borrowing
- Education, democracy and diversity: citizenship education; civic participation; social cohesion; nation building; civic and ethnic identities
- Education and Wellbeing: education and health; education and sexual identity; education psychology; behaviour and disaffection; learning, studying and homework
- Further Education
- Global Youth
- Higher Education: academic and professional identities; national, global and international; higher education management; leadership and management
- Sociology of Education: education policy; gender, ‘race’, and social class; migration, refugees and marginalisation; social justice; human rights
- History of Education: the cultural, social and economic history of education; teaching and learning; universities; adult, popular and informal education; historiography and methodology
- Inclusive Education
- International Development: economics and international development; education and international development; education planning and international development; education in developing countries
- Lifelong Learning
- Music Education
- Philosophy of Education: disability ethics; music; personhood; theories of mind; theories of justice
- Post-14 Education
- Post-Compulsory Education, including Teacher Education
- Post-Conflict Education/Peacebuilding
- Private and Elite Education
- Professional Development/Education
- Quality Assurance in Education
- Vocational Education
- Workplace Learning
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Department of Education, Practice and Society doctoral graduates progress to careers in education, university teaching, educational research, policy and curriculum development. They can be found in almost every occupational field and there are a wide variety of career paths.
Students will develop general and specialist skills in research methodology, academic writing and presentation, as well as gaining experience of engaging with a wide range of practitioners across different sectors of education.
The Department of Education, Practice and Society pioneers research collaborations with external partners to diversify the contribution that educational research can make academically, professionally and practically for individuals and communities. We also strive to provide solutions to current and emerging pressure points in societies, such as economic change and social injustice, by creating networks and partnerships to support knowledge transfer between education, work and communities.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Department: Education, Practice & Society
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Education, Practice & Society
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.