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Research degrees

Our research degrees are managed by the Centre for Doctoral Education and are designed for a wide range of students, including new graduates embarking on an academic career, experienced professionals seeking a step up in their practice or policy and research workers needing advanced research skills. The Centre for Doctoral Education reflects the IOE's excellence in research – we lead the UK's research outputs in education and for the second year running the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been ranked as the world's number one university for Education in the 2015 QS World University Rankings,.

We have supervisory excellence in a wide range of subjects, including education, lifelong and adult learning, psychology, philosophy, sociology, museology, international development, English language teaching, applied linguistics and discourse analysis.    

Find a programme

We offer a range of study programmes and modes of study (including online options), to suit your needs. Read the information below to assess your goal and then select the most appropriate programme for you to achieve it:

I already have a research goal or proposal
If you already have an idea of what you want to research and an understanding of research methods, then we offer doctoral degrees which will help you to develop a thesis and conduct your investigation. These programmes usually require work experience in a relevant field and some require you to register for an MPhil for the first year, and then transfer to the PhD programme:

• DedPsy - Doctor in Educational Psychology
• EdD - Doctor in Education EdD
• MPhil/PhD in Education
• Special Research Programme (for those wishing to conduct research but without registering for a degree or diploma)

I have a research goal but cannot attend face to face sessions
The Online PhD is a good option if you can't attend the IOE for the research training courses or supervision - for example, if you live outside of London. The programme is entirely online and you can apply whether or not you are based in the UK:

• Online MPhil/PhD

I need training in research methods
We recognise that for some students, studying for a doctoral degree will first require you to develop the necessary skills in research methods, and build your knowledge and confidence. For others, progressing to a PhD is less important and the focus is on developing research skills that will help enhance their professional work. We offer programmes that can help you achieve either of these goals:

• MPhil / PhD With Integrated Research Methods Training
 MRes - Educational and Social Research
• PGDip - Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods

Find out more about:

Our research degrees
Why choose us
Research topics we offer
Support for research students
More information about applying to the Centre for Doctoral Education
More information about funding opportunities for research degrees