IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Graduate research

IOE is an outstanding place to conduct postgraduate research. We offer a wide range of doctoral programmes - find the route that works best for you.

Our research has two main aims: to address fundamental questions that have a bearing on all members of society, and to raise the standard of educational research.

IOE provides the best possible environment for your studies, with four times as many world-leading scholars in education and related social sciences as any other UK university, and with access to more than 300 academic staff engaged in research across education, culture, psychology, and social science. 

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Professional Doctorates

For those with a suitable psychology background wishing to become an educational psychologist:

Since 1997, our EdD (Doctor of Education) has provided a route into practice-based research for professionals working in education to engage in part-time doctoral research while working in a professional context. EdD students follow taught courses with a cohort of fellow-practitioners prior to undertaking extended research in practice contexts.


We offer routes into research that can be taken full-time or part-time, and face-to-face or by distance learning. There are two forms of MPhil/PhD:

1) For those who already have a master's degree with appropriate research training


2) For those with a bachelor's degree or a need to have suitable research training

 Is a PhD right for me?

This three-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the FutureLearn platform provides general advice for those curious about whether doctoral study is the right path for them. The MOOC was developed by current PhD students and staff and is completely free. See the video trailer or enrol on the course.

Want to develop your skills first?

If you would like to develop your social science research skills prior to undertaking doctoral study, or simply want to secure a qualification in social science research without completing a doctorate, you may be interested in:

These programmes provide initial routes into research. Both the MRes and the PG Dip are standalone qualifications in research and also provide routes to further postgraduate research study on the MPhil/PhD or the EdD.