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Research degrees

The School of Education, Childhood, Youth & Sport offers both a full-time, on-campus PhD programme (3 years) as well as a part-time programme (6 years).  It also offers the professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). 

These professional doctorates are programmes of advanced study and research, with a focus on valuing professional practice and engaging in applied research. As a doctoral student you will be allocated two (or sometimes three) supervisors who will support you with your research project that will culminate in a thesis which contributes to the knowledge in the field. Over the course of your studies, you will also build up a portfolio of skills.  

Doctoral projects

Read more about the work of our current research degree students which links to one or more of the following research themes:

Collaborative learning in an early years setting

Beryl Robinson

Supervisory team: Dr. Natalie Canning and Professor Jane Payler

'Teaching to transgress' in a Virtual World: Exploring the Associate Lecturer Identity and Developing the Use of Critical Digital Pedagogy at the Open University.

Mel Green

Supervisory team: Dr. Alex Twitchen and Michael Thomas

Inclusion Of Children With Disabilities In Mainstream Primary Schools. An Ecological Systems Analysis Of The Inclusion Of Learners With Disabilities In Mainstream Primary Schools In Kakuma Refugee Camp In Kenya.

Edwin Makori

Supervisory team: Dr. Liz Chamberlain, Dr. Jackie Musgrave and Professor Teresa Cremin

Educational Cultures: the role of Educational Leadership and Management in educational cultures in a workplace setting

Judy Chandler

Supervisory team: Dr. Azumah Dennis and Dr. Ray Chatwin (University of Warwick)

Home and school literacy practices of children in a rural village in India: An ethnography

Namrita Batra

Supervisory team: Dr. Steven Hutchinson, Dr. Prithvi Shrestha and Professor Teresa Cremin

An Exploration of Youth Physical Activity Experiences and Mental Wellbeing Before, During and Following the Covid-19 Pandemic

Lauren Rose

Supervisory team: Dr. Caroline Heaney, Dr. Nichola Kentzer and Dr. Helen Owton

Cooperation and young children's use of mobile touch screen technology

Pinsuda Srisontisuk

Supervisory team: Emeritus Professor David Messer, Dr. Natalie Canning and Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme