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PhD (Integrated) in Education

If you have a research study in mind that would make an original contribution to your chosen field but do not have a Master’s degree that included a significant research element, our Integrated PhD may be the right choice for you. The Integrated PhD can be studied as a full time course (4 years)  part-time (9 years). It offers a foundation in research skills and opportunities to develop your proposal during the early stages of the programme and will lead to the award of PhD.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for Integrated PhD in Education at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about the Integrated PhD in Education and what studying here involves.

Here we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of the Integrated PhD in Education.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. Visit our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.


This is an intensive programme that integrates a substantial programme of seminars, workshops and lectures during the first 12-18 months (full time) or 24-30 months (part time)  designed to develop foundational research skills, subject-specific knowledge of Education as a discipline alongside the development of a wide range of transferable skills. As part of this initial phase you will further develop and strengthen your initial research proposal, and also write and present a research report related to a key aspect of your proposed research project. Successful completion of this initial phase of the Integrated PhD will enable you to complete a research project leading to the production of a PhD thesis. You will receive support from a supervisory team with specialist expertise in your area. You will be expected to successfully complete a range of research and Education modules before progressing onto the thesis stage of your PhD. You will be expected to be in the university during this phase to attend taught sessions. This is generally a half a day a week.  

The integrated PhD is ideally suited to students who need to strengthen their foundational research skills and their research proposal before embarking on the research project that leads to the PhD thesis and the generation of original knowledge. The final award is the same as that which can be achieved by direct entry to the PhD.

A major attraction of the Integrated PhD is that much of the work that you undertake for assessment during the initial skills development phase of the course can be turned into material for drafting parts of your PhD thesis.

View the programme specification for this course

To Apply

You apply through the University's online application form. Be aware that your application will not be processed until you have supplied all the required information which includes evidence of your qualifications and a research proposal. We will invite you for interview before making an offer. You can find more details on the How to apply page.

You will need to supply evidence of your qualifications and strong academic references. You will also need a research proposal (approximately 6-8 pages) stating the topic of your research, the research question(s) you are interested in answering, and your reasons for undertaking this research (including some theoretical justification and review of relevant research that has been done in the field). You should include your initial ideas about the kinds of data you wish to collect and the proposed methods. The proposal should be referenced and provide evidence of prior reading around your topic of interest.

Download our guidelines for writing a proposal

Applications may be submitted at any time but we would recommend submitting by June for an October start. We will endeavour to make a decision within 6 weeks of submission. Please note that applications cannot be considered until we have received all supporting documents.



Postgraduate office: +44 (0)23 8059 5699

Doctoral Programmes Director: Dr Chris Downey

Admissions Selector/ Deputy Doctoral Programme Director: Dr Jenny Byrne

Fees and funding

Standard postgraduate fees for UK/EU and overseas students. Some overseas students receive an award from their governments and prospective students should ensure that they are in receipt of funding for four years. Funding may also be available from other external sources, but not through University scholarships.

Key Facts

Start date: late September/early October.
The closing date for applications is the end of June 

Duration: 48 – 60 months (full time) or 72 -96 months (part time)

Please note that the Integrated PhD is not available on a part-time basis.

Intake: Variable

Average applications per place: 5-10

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


As a minimum a good honours degree (upper second class), or its equivalent, although many applicants will also have a Master’s degree but require a period of systematic training to fully prepare them to successfully undertake original research for the PhD in Education.

Satisfactory performance at interview is also required.

International applicants

If you are an international student you also need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language proficiency. You will need to provide us with evidence that you have achieved an overall score of 6.5 or above on IELTS (or equivalent), with no individual score lower than 6.0. It may be possible for you to secure an offer of a place conditional upon achieving this proficiency if you do not have it already.

Selection process

Selection is through evaluation of your online application plus performance at interview.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Initial phase (12-18 months or 24-30 months part time)

You will study a number of core modules providing foundational research skills, including topics designed to promote your critical understanding of research as an evidence base and as a way of generating knowledge. This is supplemented by modules covering aspects of the design of research and the collection and analysis of data.

You will also have an opportunity to extend your skills development by focusing on more specific and advanced research methods and designs, as well as being able to select from modules offered on our other MSc Education programmes in order to enhance your discipline specific knowledge.

This phase of the course also includes a project-based module focusing on applied aspects of the research process including research planning and reporting research in education.


Thesis phase

Successful completion of the initial phase of the Integrated PhD allows you to progress the research study, data collection, data analysis and writing and presentation of your thesis.

Year 1


Compulsory Part 1 Core Route 1

EDUC6446Credit: 60
RESM6003Credit: 10
RESM6004Credit: 10
RESM6002Credit: 10

Compulsory Part 1 Core Route 2

EDUC6446Credit: 60

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

EDUC6281Credit: 20
EDUC6345Credit: 20
EDUC6347Credit: 20

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

EEE Building

Highfield Campus, Southampton Education School (B32, B34)

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