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 staff

Richard Freeman
Mark Freeman
Sue Taylor
Will Gibson

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.  

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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