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Education - PhD - 2016/17 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

How to apply
Course Code:
TBC
Award:
PhD
Attendance:
  • Full Time (3-4 years)
  • Part Time (4-7 years)
  • Distance Learning (4-7 years)
School:
School of Education
Campus:
City North

The School of Education is involved in a wide range of research in education policy and practice from the Early Years to Further and Higher Education and Lifelong Learning.

The Centre for Research in Education engages in education research across all age phases, from Early Years, through Primary and Secondary Schools, FE and Post 16, Higher Education, and lifelong learning. Areas of interest in which staff are currently active include:

  • Assessment
  • Creativity
  • Early Years
  • Post-16 Provision
  • Education Policy
  • Music Education
  • Maths Education
  • Drama Education
  • Workplace learning
  • Management in Education

The School welcomes applications in these and other areas of expertise in education.

Key Facts

Research students in Education will join a thriving research community and be part of one of the University’s Research Centres of Excellence.

The School of Education offers supervision for study either part-time or full-time towards a PhD degree. If you are accepted for a PhD, there is a University-wide taught course in research methodologies, and you will be assigned to a director of studies, and at least one second supervisor will also be appointed.

Research students, who have access to a dedicated research room, are encouraged to publish in collaboration with their supervisors and to take part in research conferences.

Entry Requirements

Before you submit an application, you will be invited to one or more informal discussions with the director of research and potential supervisors. Only if the outcome is positive are you are invited to submit a formal application.

Applications for research degrees are assessed on the following criteria:

  • that the proposed research seems likely to satisfy the academic requirements of a research degree;
  • that the proposed research is feasible in practical terms;
  • that you seem likely to be able to cope with the academic demands of a research degree;
  • that the Faculty is able to provide the appropriate supervisory expertise and resources.

Once assessed, you will be either invited to a formal enrolment interview or asked to revise your application and resubmit it.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the most appropriate online application form from the list below.

Please also complete and send your research proposal. You can use this proposal template.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

For general information about applying to study at Birmingham City University, please refer to the Making Your Application section.

International enquirers may contact the International Office for further help and advice.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Feb 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD £4,120 per year
Feb 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD £2,060 per year
Feb 2017 DL 4-7 years PhD £2,575 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD TBC
Sep 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD TBC
Sep 2017 DL 4-7 years PhD TBC
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Feb 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD £12,000 per year
Feb 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD £6,000 per year
Feb 2017 DL 4-7 years PhD £7,500 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3-4 years PhD £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 PT 4-7 years PhD £6,000 per year
Sep 2017 DL 4-7 years PhD £7,500 per year

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

International Students

International Students at BCU

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Postgraduate Open Event

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be in Autumn 2016. The date will be confirmed soon and registration will open shortly.

PG Open Evening

Our postgraduate open event offers you the chance to:

  • Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
  • Meet and chat with our current students
  • Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.

93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.

Who is it for?

Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.

For more information, visit our Open Days page or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

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University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

The majority of students who enrol for a research degree complete their studies on a part-time basis while they are employed. The PhD award from Birmingham City University is a well established and valued professional qualification within the education sector. Typical careers include school management, working in further education or higher education or educational consultancy.

Course Structure

All students are required to undertake a University-wide course leading to a Post Graduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Research Practice during their first year of study.

Once enrolled, your appointed supervisors, supported by the Director of Research, will help you to prepare a proposal for registration, the next formal stage in the research programme.Once registered, you will then undertake your research and write up your thesis.

Support facilities and resources

Research students are entitled to all the University facilities and have access to their own dedicated Faculty research room. In addition, the Faculty is committed to providing as much support as it is able to meet the specific needs of research students. This includes offering a programme in research methods and regular research student seminars.

A day in the life of a PhD student

If you're considering doing a PhD there's probably a lot of questions going through your mind: how am I going to pay for it? Should I quit my job? Will I cope with the workload? But most importantly, what is it really like? Karen Patel, a full time PhD student, shares her experiences of juggling life, a part time job and her studies. Read more in Karen's blog.

Assessment Methods

Progress of PhD students is subject to formal written annual review. There is frequent informal monitoring of progress by the Director of Research and the Director of Studies. For PhD students, final assessment is by submission of a thesis and by a formal viva.

Enquiries

Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK

Prospectus

For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (10Mb).

Further Information

Please contact the Research Administrator CRE-research@bcu.ac.uk

If you would like to discuss your research ideas, please contact the Director of Research on CRE-research@bcu.ac.uk