This programme is suitable if you wish to learn about social or educational research as part of professional practice. You will gain research competence through study of research methodology and its practical application. You will benefit from a stimulating environment, with seminars, workshops, one-to-one supervision and peer involvement.
Careers: Higher education and university lecturers; postdoctoral researchers; public administration; teachers and operational executives
Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Assessment: Coursework, dissertation
We are justifiably proud to have been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for our Research Training. The ESRC is the leading UK body responsible for funding and supporting the next generation of researchers to become world class. ESRC recognition reflects the high quality of our student recruitment process, and in the training and support they receive.
Our students are taught by researchers at the forefront of knowledge in their fields. They provide research training that is in line with ESRC guidelines in terms of outcomes, career pathway support, as well as generic training skills and specific methodological techniques.
MPhil/PhD (in Education)
Research within the Southampton Education School is structured both to denote the School's principal research themes, and to reflect wider inter-disciplinary interests. The MPhil/PhD programme is entirely research-focused, apart from some induction training. You might be funded by a UK research council, an overseas government, or the University itself.
A usual pre-requisite is a relevant master's qualification. This could be either a conventional taught course, or a dedicated programme such as the MPhil Research Methodology. You will also have a research topic in mind and be able to write an initial proposal for your research.
The four-year Integrated PhD formally combines this preliminary year with three years of pure research. The programme consists of two years teaching and normally two years research with close supervision and research group interaction.
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.