education research

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MEd by Research MPhil PhD

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About our programmes

We offer postgraduate research options across a broad variety of topics ranging from technology enhanced learning and higher education research to themes around leadership, policy and inclusive practices within Education at Hull. Programmes include MEd by Research, MPhil, EdD Professional Doctorate in Education, and PhD. Students explore a range of current educational practice, looking at key issues and policy. Graduates leave with reflective and practical skills and the knowledge they need to contribute to their chosen learning community.

Our highly experienced, research-active team supervises postgraduate students from around the world and research theses have been successfully completed on a wide variety of subjects. Suitable MPhil students can upgrade to the PhD programme with the support of their supervisors. 

Research supervisors


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MEd by Research 1 year 2 years
MPhil 2 years 3 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September


Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research into a wide range of topics. Contact us for help with being matched up with a potential supervisor.

The faculty supports five sub-groups which are actively involved in a number of research projects:

  • Higher Education Research Interest (HERIG)
  • Professional Identity, Partnership and Practice (PIPP)
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Inclusive Education
  • Early Years Education

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

Candidates for the MEd or MPhil are normally expected to hold a first degree, such as a BA, BSc or equivalent.

Candidates for the EdD or PhD are normally expected to have a Masters degree, with an overall average of 60%, in a subject relevant to their proposed research.

PhD applicants must submit a research proposal outlining in detail the area in which they wish to pursue their research.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.