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PhD Education

Would you like to make an independent and transforming contribution to your chosen field? Are you highly motivated and able to study independently? From previous research or professional experience, do you have a particular question or topic already in mind? If so, then our PhD programme may be suitable for you.

Successful applicants to the PhD will be able to demonstrate via the application process that they have the capacity to embark directly on a substantial research project in Education. The quality of the PhD research proposal is a key part of assessing this capability. You should be able to demonstrate that you have previous experience of conducting research, usually via a substantial research study undertaken as part of postgraduate masters level study.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for PhD Education at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about 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 PhD Education.

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

On our PhD programme you will be supported through expert joint supervision. You will typically work with two supervisors who are themselves research active members of staff with expertise in your area of interest. At the start of your PhD, your supervisor will discuss any training and support needs you may have to develop specific research skills, and, if appropriate, you will be able to attend relevant modules of our Research Training Programme.

After agreeing an appropriate development plan, you will meet regularly with your supervisors for academic support and supervision. You will also be able to participate in the research seminars and specialist workshops run at a School or Faculty level. You can find out more about supervision and progress on the supervision page.

View the doctoral programme profile 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 interesting 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 the 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 Charis Voutsina (email:

Admissions Selector/ Deputy Doctoral Programmes Director: Dr Charis Voutsina (email:

Fees and funding

Standard postgraduate fees for UK/EU and overseas students. This programme is eligible for funding from the University of Southampton's Postgraduate Scholarship Fund, plus Faculty and School scholarships as available.

Key facts

Start date: late September/early October each year (although other start dates may be possible by prior arrangement)

Duration: full-time 24–48 months; part-time 36–84 months

Intake: 5-10

Typical entry requirements

Please see our contact page to find out the entry requirements.

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

As the PhD is not a taught programme there is no requirement to attend any taught sessions. However, after discussing your development needs through the Academic Needs Analysis, your supervisors may recommend particular modules of our Research Training Programme. For PhD students submission of assignments for these modules is optional and can provide opportunities to develop early draft material which may be useful for sections of the thesis.

Tuition fees

You will need to complete a series of progression milestones, including submission of annual progress reports and an interim thesis, examined by viva, for confirmation of your PhD candidature in order to arrive at the final thesis stage of your PhD.

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
EducationPhD2021Full-timetbc March 2021£17,592
EducationPhD2021Part-timetbc March 2021£8,796
EducationPhD2022Full-timetbc by RCUK Spring 2022£18,000
EducationPhD2022Part-timetbc by RCUK Spring 2022£9,000
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