Our research degrees thrive within a culture of academic and educational excellence.  We pride ourselves on our international focus, having many overseas studeents, visiting lecturers and national and international collaborations.

Research degrees are offered on a full and part time basis and delivered face to face, distance learning or blended learning, so you can find a route that works best for you.

PhD in Education

What are the requirements to study for a PhD?

To enrol for a PhD, students must have a first or upper second class Honours degree and a postgraduate Masters degree, preferably with at least 60 credits of Research Methods courses.

The School of Education offers PhD supervision in Professional Learning and Teacher Education, Communities and Partnerships and Pedagogy and Innovation.

Visit our staff pages to identify potential supervisors in each area.

PLEASE NOTE:  Only applications submitted through the online system will be considered.

Programme Features

  • A PhD is gained through the submission of a thesis and its viva voce examination

  • The maximum length of a PhD thesis is 100,000 words

  • The thesis must normally be written in English

  • Students are supported through their studies by a team of at least two supervisors with relevant experience

Guidelines for what the Research Proposal should consist of can be found here.

Further information



For more information PhD in Education
MSc Educational and Social Research

The MSc Social and Educational Research programme is aimed at teachers and practitioners working in schools and in other children's services settings both to undertake research at masters level and provide a thorough groudning for individuals to undertake independent research projects.  It also provides valuable preparation for anyone who would like to take up a research career in the academic commnity, the public sector or industry or to understand and use research in their job roles.

Successful candidates can reasonably be expected to generate a research based approach to solving problems, a systematic way of collecting evidence and an independent and open mind for the analysis and interpretation of evidence.

Programme Features:

The MSc (Social and Educational Research) Programme consists of six taught courses and a dissertation:

  • Educational Research: Policy and Practice (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Educational Research Design (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (30 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation (30 credits)
  • Research Methodologies and Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Research Dissemination (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation can take two forms. For students who plan to complete their studies with the MSc, the MSc dissertation will report on a completed piece of independent and original research. Students, with prior agreement from the director of postgraduate research degrees, who plan to proceed to doctoral studies may use their MSc dissertation to develop their research topic, clarify their research question, review the appropriate literature, explain and defend their research approach, and pilot their research as preparation for their doctorl study. 

For information relating to fees please see the tuition fees website.

Date and Delivery

The entry date to the MSc programme is in the first week in October each year for both the full time and Part-time routes. 

All modules are delivered face-to-face on the University of Aberdeen campus.

Entry Requirements

Prospective MSc students should hold an honours degree (1st Class or Upper Second or equivalent) in education or a related discipline. It is an essential requirement that entrants possess the necessary English language skills.

Please note that if you are intending to proceed to PhD, we will only accept students who plan to undertake research in an area where we have the staff expertise to offer first-rate supervision.

For further details please contact:

Dr Peter Mtika, Programme Director