Education and Psychology BSc

Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Validation

Fees

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Course Code

EDUPHDRP

MA by Research/MPhil/PhD Educational Research and Development

The School of Education is a vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment in which staff have developed national and international reputations in their areas of expertise.

Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Validation

Fees

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Course Code

EDUPHDRP

Dr Joss Winn - Programme Leader

Dr Joss Winn - Programme Leader

Joss is a Senior Lecturer and over the past 20 years, he has taught at all levels of education, from a Kindergarten and public school in Japan to undergraduate and doctoral programmes in the USA and UK, as well as informal adult education. His subject specialisms include: Education and technology, academic labour, Marxism and education, political economy, democratic education, co-operative education; craft education and lutherie.

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Welcome to MA by Research/MPhil/PhD Educational Research and Development

The MA/MPhil/PhD are research programmes aimed at those who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification by conducting primary research in education which is written up into a thesis. Each programme of study is run in the same way, by supervised independent research, but the depth and originality of research differs between the MA, MPhil and PhD. This is reflected in the length of study and thesis: for example, a part-time MA by Research typically takes two years to produce a 25,000 word thesis. A part-time PhD typically takes 5-6 years to produce an 80,000 word thesis. Full-time study usually takes about half the time of part-time study.

The shorter MA may suit educators who wish to conduct research into an aspect of their practice and become recognised as research leaders within their schools and colleges, while the longer PhD is aimed at those who are, or aspire to be, senior academic or administrative leaders of primary, secondary, or tertiary educational institutions, or university lecturers and researchers.

The programmes are designed to develop the critical-thinking and research skills required for study at postgraduate level. Students have the opportunity to decide on the focus of their research and receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor.

At Lincoln, research students benefit from regular monthly meetings with their supervisor (monthly for full-time students, bi-monthly for part-time). In addition, students can attend regular training sessions on research methods and skills provided by the School of Education and the University's Doctoral School. For more information, please visit: https://doctoralschool.lincoln.ac.uk.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

We welcome enquiries about other subject areas related to education. The School’s research areas include:

  • Educational leadership and management

  • Professional learning and professional development

  • Higher education pedagogy and practice

  • Teacher recruitment and retention

  • STEM education Education and social justice

  • Applied linguistics and education

  • Sexuality education

  • Religious education

  • LGBTQ+ inclusivity in education

  • Difficult/controversial topics in classrooms

  • Inter/multi/transdisciplinary education

  • Epistemology in education

How You Study

All research degree students can choose the focus for their research in negotiation with their supervisors. Individual supervision meetings are held at mutually agreed times. Supervisions for students based in the UK may be undertaken in person, by e-mail, videoconferencing, or phone call. Overseas students studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa must attend monthly supervisions in person.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme. Typically, meetings occur monthly for full-time students and bi-monthly for part-time students.

Typically, PhD students register for an MPhil and, after 12 or 24 months (depending on full-time or part-time status), are expected to transfer to the PhD programme. This transfer requires the production of a detailed research proposal, which the candidate will be expected to defend at a transfer viva.

Detailed information about the structure and assessment of research degrees can be found in the Postgraduate Research Regulations: https://secretariat.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/university-regulations/.

How you are assessed

PhD students are expected to produce a thesis of 80,000 words, while MPhil students produce a thesis of 40,000 words, both supported by an oral defence. MA by Research students produce a thesis of 25,000 words and may request an oral examination if they wish.

Features

The School of Education runs postgraduate study schools each semester (October, February and July), which all doctoral students are encouraged to attend. These provide additional research training and an intellectually stimulating environment to discuss educational issues with academics and other students. Many students appreciate the opportunity to meet and socialise with other doctoral students. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living expenses while attending study schools.

There may be opportunities for final year doctoral students to assist with teaching on our undergraduate programmes, subject to relevant training.

How to Apply

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Career and Personal Development

The awards of MPhil and PhD may enable education professionals to progress to become academic or administrative leaders in primary, secondary, or tertiary education. Alternatively, they may lead to a career in academia or research.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

Minimum of an upper Second Class honours degree, or alternatively a Second Class honours degree and a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

In addition to the stated qualifications required, applicants are required to submit a research proposal with their application. For guidance on writing a research proposal, please visit: http://bit.ly/WritingAResearchProposal.

For information about potential PhD supervisors in the School of Education, please visit: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/education/schoolstaff

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

Programme-Specific Additional Costs

Students are encouraged to attend the School of Educations study schools. There is a one day (Saturday) study school in Lincoln in late October and again in late February, and a three-day study school (Monday-Wednesday in late July). We do our best to ensure that the times and dates are outside of working hours and during school holidays. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while attending study schools.

Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.