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Our Doctorate in Education programme attracts high achieving participants interested in a wide range of aspects of teaching, learning, management and policy. It features excellent doctoral level research and specialist units taught by international researchers.

We explore different facets of the research process and contemporary educational debates as well as developing skills in research methods, theory, argumentation and evaluation skills. Students recommend studying for a Doctorate in Education at Bristol to their peers because it has helped them to develop deep understanding of real life professional issues.

This programme is taught by Bristol University staff in Hong Kong, as part of a long association with the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) at City University of Hong Kong.


Programme structure The programme is delivered in a structure of seven intensively taught units and a 45,000-word dissertation.

Units include:

* Education Policy
* Educational Assessment and Evaluation
* Globalisation, Societies and Education
* Leading for Educational Change in Organisational Settings
* Learning and Teaching in the Global University
* Learning with New Technologies
* Preparation for Dissertation
* Research Methods in Learning, Leadership and Policy
* Understanding Educational Inquiry

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

University requirements

Undergraduate applicants may use UCAS system or Common App (for all courses except medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences). International students may find country-specific admission criteria on the website. For instant, student from Russia with a Certificate of secondary education may be admitted to the Univeristy of Bristol only after foundation/bridging program, while those with International Baccalaureate/A-level degree may apply directly to undergraduate programs.

Graduate students have to use university's website for application. All documents should be uploaded on this website and the admission decision will also be provided on the website.

International students should provide English test results in order to apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. University of Bristol accept various tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, CAE/CPE and some others. Language requirements may depend on the type of program: they are typically higher for Art&Humanities and lower for Science programs. For instance, the highest IELTS score required (profile A) for undergraduate and graduate programs is 7.5 (7.0 in each section).

Program requirements


An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent); a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in Education; and at least three years appropriate professional experience.


Funding is managed through City University, Hong Kong.

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