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MPhil/PhD Educational Research and Development

MPhil/PhD Educational Research and Development

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The Course

This MPhil/PhD is a research qualification aimed at those who are, or aspire to be, senior academic or administrative leaders of primary, secondary or tertiary educational institutions, or university lecturers or researchers.

Investigating the way we conceive of, and execute, education may have the potential to influence a whole generations of pupils. At Lincoln, you will have the opportunity to work alongside academics undertaking studies into how education provision can be improved.

As a full-time research student, you can benefit from regular monthly supervisions with your supervisor (bi-monthly for part-time). In addition you will have the opportunity to attend training sessions on research methods and skills provided by the School of Education and the Doctoral School.

The programme is designed to enable you to develop the critical-thinking and research skills required for study at postgraduate level. You will have the opportunity to decide on the focus of your research thesis and receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor.

The Course

This MPhil/PhD is a research qualification 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 programme is designed to develop the critical-thinking and research skills required for study at doctoral level. Students have the opportunity to decide on the focus of their research thesis and receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor.

At Lincoln, students are able to work alongside academics undertaking research into how education provision works and can be improved. Doctoral candidates 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 Doctoral School.

Key research areas include:

  • Educational leadership and management
  • Professional learning and professional development
  • Education policy
  • Higher education pedagogy and practice.
Normally, PhD students register for an MPhil, and after two semesters 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. The formal transfer is subject to approval by the University's Research Committees.

All research degree students can decide the focus for their research in negotiation with their supervisors. Individual tutorials are held at mutually agreed times. Supervisions for home students may be undertaken in person, or by e-mail, videoconferencing technology or over the phone. 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 vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You may have additional meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these may vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

PhD students are expected to produce a thesis of 80,000 words, while MPhil students produce a thesis of 40,000 words, supported by an oral defence.
Enrolment Dates

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.

Interview and Applicant Days
Applicants will be selected for interview on the basis of their application and research proposal.
2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £14,100 £7,050

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£12,100 £6,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,037 £2,037

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

**** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

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.

The School’s research areas include:

  • Educational leadership and management
  • Professional learning and professional development
  • Education policy
  • Higher education pedagogy and practice
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • STEM education
  • Education and social justice
  • Applied linguistics and education.

Learn more about the areas of research being undertaken by academic staff within the School of Education: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/education/schoolstaff/

To see the wide range of doctoral research within the School of Education, see our list of theses since 2008: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/education/research/schoolofeducationdoctoraltheses/

Find out what our doctoral students are working on: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/education/doctoralstudents/

Normally 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. The formal transfer is subject to approval by the University's Research Committees.

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 home students may be undertaken in person, by e-mail, videoconferencing, or over the phone. 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.

PhD students are expected to produce a thesis of 80,000 words, while MPhil students produce a thesis of 40,000 words, supported by an oral defence.
Enrolment Dates

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.

All applications should include a research proposal. Guidelines on producing the proposal can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/WritingAResearchProposal

Once the potential for doctoral research has been assessed by an academic member of staff, applicants may be invited for an interview, which can take place in person, online, or by phone. Information on the interview process is included in the above guidelines for writing the research proposal.

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.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,433** £2,217**
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,546 £1,773
International £14,100 £7,050

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£12,100 £6,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,037 £2,037

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

* Academic year August – July

** Estimated RCUK fee for 2020/21. The University of Lincoln sets its fees in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) research fee support level. For home students commencing in 2020 this will be set early in the New Year. The indicative fee level from RCUK for 2019/20 is £4,327. For 2020 this fee is expected to increase in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator.

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

**** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

Students may wish to attend the School of Education’s study schools. These take place in Lincoln over two weekends (Friday - Sunday in October and February) and one week (in late July). Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living expenses while attending study schools.

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.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Educational Research and Development

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.
Contact: jwinn@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

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.

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.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The University of Lincoln’s city centre campus provides a modern student-centred community. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything students need is either on campus or a short walk away.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


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.