Why Research at Aberdeen?

  • Research degrees are offered on a full and part time basis and delivered on campus or via distance or blended learning, so you can find a route that works best for you.
  • We have a thriving community of roughly 50 research students from all over the world, including: USA, Malawi, Ireland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, Ghana, France, Iran, Cyprus, Nigeria, Thailand; Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, Greece, Libya, Pakistan, India, Hungary and Kazakhstan as well as from the United Kingdom.
  • An international staff body includes around 45 academic staff encompassing a wide range of subject specialisms in which supervision can be offered.
  • Academics are involved in research and contributing to academic and professional bodies.
  • Our multi-award winning Library.
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.

Visit our Staff Research Interests page to identify potential supervisors.

Research Proposal

Applications must be submitted through the online system and contain a Research Proposal.  Guidelines on Research Proposals can be found here

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

  • All full time on campus students are entitled to a designated desk and PC in an office shared with other PhD students

For more information

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

mresed@abdn.ac.uk