IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Take your research knowledge and skills to the next level with a world-leading centre

IOE's research leads the world, with four times as many world-leading scholars in education and related social science than any other UK university.

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Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

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Information about our doctoral study programmes can be found below:

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

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.

REF 2021

The impacts of our research on the wider world have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Key highlights and impact case studies

Areas of expertise

  • Disciplines of education
    Exploring early years to workplace and lifelong learning, as well as children and families, health and wellbeing, and international development.

  • The organisation and improvement of learning
    Investigating factors that lead to tangible improvements in learning taking into account broader social, cultural and historical contexts.

  • Curriculum, culture and knowledge
    Appraising the relationship between knowledge, learning and culture in educational environments.

  • Children, families and early learning
    Examining early learning and education for children in families and formal institutions.

  • Longitudinal and social research
    Studying the long term impact of education and skills in employment, health, social and other outcomes through statistical and quantitative research.

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