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Postgraduate research programmes at the Southampton Education School provide opportunities to gain a research qualification at master's or doctorate level.

It can be a major step to decide to study at this level, particularly if you are already established in a career. We know from experience that success comes from a combination of your own enthusiasm and dedication, and the tailored support and guidance from the School. Central to this support are good communication and the early establishment of a strong relationship with your research supervisor(s).

If you are thinking about taking a research-based degree, there are various course options to explore. As a Russell Group university, we have very experienced academic staff here at Southampton. We have also worked hard to develop an unusually flexible set of postgraduate research-oriented programmes. Many of these can be taken on a part-time basis to fit in with your other ongoing commitments.

If you already have a research topic in mind, you could contact an individual member of staff according to their research interests, to see if he or she might be a potential supervisor. Alternately, you may contact the relevant Programme Tutor for further advice. You are encouraged to look at our research centres and review the research themes that we support.

For general enquiries about research degrees, you should contact the Graduate School:


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PhD Education

iPhD Education

My PhD journey has given me a wider perspective to think about education and to better understand how society is organised. In Southampton, I have combined my professional experience with my passion for learning about other ways of living. My years as a postgraduate research student have been extremely worthwhile.

I’ve had spectacular support and encouragement. That’s what has allowed me to explore widely and that’s what makes it worth doing.

I am delighted to be undertaking my PhD at University of Southampton, and while I am at the beginning of my journey, I already feel part of the Southampton community and have received tremendous support. I cannot wait to see where my journey takes me.

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