Institute of Education


Centre for Doctoral Education

Researching the past, present and future of doctoral education.

Interim Director: Dr Richard Freeman

The Centre for Doctoral Education (CDE) undertakes research to inform, challenge and develop doctoral education internationally.

Our work explores the experiences, practices and achievements of doctoral students, supervisors and early career researchers. We draw on this expertise to offer doctoral programmes within our own institution, supporting the largest concentration of doctoral students studying education and related social sciences in the UK.


Our team


Nazlin Bhimani 
Olga Cara
Bryan Cunningham
Mark Freeman
Richard Freeman
Will Gibson
Golo Henseke
Maria Kambouri
Sveta Mayer
Joseph Mintz
Holly Smith
d’Reen Struthers
Sue Taylor
Tom Woodin

Research students

Hugh Kilmister

Study with us

See our graduate research programmes.


We have launched a research agenda for 2018/19 to help shape contemporary conversations about doctoral education and researcher development. 

Our centre builds on a strong history of research into doctoral education, drawing on new areas of interest in the wider impact of doctoral studies.  

Recent projects

Recent publications 

Recent events 

In September 2017, the Centre for Doctoral Education hosted a symposium marking 100 years of the UK PhD and recordings of presentations and subsequent panel discussions are available below:

Areas of interest

The 2018/19 agenda includes well-established areas of interest such as doctoral andragogy and student progression, as well as work on topics such as widening participation of the experience of students studying at a distance. 

CDE Research

Secondary data

We are also exploring new uses of secondary data, which has been underused in research on doctorates, adding it to the academic debates around professional doctorates. 

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