Education and Social Justice (thesis and coursework) PhD Lancaster University




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Course Overview

Our distinctive PhD programme is designed for professionals who are engaged in the promotion of social justice in or through education. Study is entirely online and part-time over a minimum of four years, providing you with a flexible yet academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating research route. The programme focuses on the issues and concerns at the heart of your professional practice and aims to train you as an autonomous researcher.

Working with world-leading, research-active academics, you will be encouraged to develop your own ideas in a structured and supportive research environment.

We are wholly committed to developing future researchers through an egalitarian approach. You and your global peers will connect with programme tutors and departmental staff, providing the opportunity to benefit from their extensive and diverse research experience and broad spectrum of interests, which reaches from end-to-end educationally; early childhood to lifelong learning.

You will become a member of our research hub, the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, which takes a multi-disciplinary approach to explorations of equity, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. Contextual settings for projects include schools, higher education, home and the workplace. The common threads of social justice and education weave us all together but are broadly interpreted to allow individual interests and areas of professional practice to come to the fore as you establish your research identity.

Part of an international group of PhD students who share an interest in education and social justice and have previously studied to MA level or equivalent, you should find that the programme delivers a very human, inclusive and rich learning environment that’s also surprisingly sociable.

Skills development elements such as research methodologies, critical thinking and academic writing are complemented by engagement in online forums, peer and tutor review, webinars, interactive work, and skype conversations with supervisors.

Your dynamic peer cohort is likely to include people with diverse backgrounds, professions, interests and perspectives. Their and your professional practice will provide context as you all work to become excellent researchers in the fields. And you will have the opportunity to benefit from the cache of resources and library of previous students’ work that we will make available to you online.

PhD in Education and Social Justice

This unique PhD in Education and Social Justice (by thesis and coursework) is a part-time structured PhD programme that is undertaken entirely online, over 4 years.

It provides a well-defined and supported route to a PhD for people around the world. The programme is designed so that participants can study entirely from home and whilst in full or part-time employment.

Who is this programme for?

The programme is for professionals world-wide who are working to promote social justice in or through education (in its broadest sense).

The programme will be of benefit to a wide range of people, including, but not limited to:

  • teachers working in schools, further education, higher education, and lifelong learning; policy makers; managers; researchers working with social justice issues; youth workers;
  • activists and advocacy workers;
  • people with equity or social justice portfolios in a variety of institutions; education support personnel;
  • consultants; researchers and workers in charities and NGOs; and civil servants;
  • people who are retired from, or taking a break from, professional educational work.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Education and Social Justice (thesis and coursework) PhD.

Online/Distance with attendence (4 years)

Tuition fees

£8,140.00 (8,40,441) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Lancaster University




LA1 4YW, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to have - Bachelor's degree: An upper second class honours (UK or equivalent) in any subject; Master's degree: A good Master's degree in any background. Students need to have: IELTS Academic test (UKVI Approved) with an overall score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking; or IELTS Academic test (UKVI Approved) with an overall score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking; or Pearson PTE Academic with a score of at least 58 and a minimum of 50 in reading and writing and 42 in listening and speaking in each component of the test; or ToEFL IBT with an overall score of at least 87, with a minimum of 19 in reading, 22 in writing, 17 in listening and speaking.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at Lancaster University.

Lancaster University Global Scholarship (Africa): Arts and Social Sciences

Value of scholarship


Application details:

The number of scholarships available is limited and scholarships will be offered on a first come first served basis to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria. We will automatically consider you for a scholarship as part of our standard Master’s application process. If you are awarded a scholarship we will let you know. You should apply for your Master’s programme as soon as possible to be considered for this scholarship. The number of scholarships is limited and will be offered in order of application

Eligibility requirements:

Lancaster University is delighted to announce this new scholarship for African students. We seek to attract the most talented students from around the world. To enrich our diverse community further, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is offering a new scholarship for high-achieving students from African countries. To be eligible for an award, you will need to meet the criteria below: You must be a permanent resident and national of Africa, as defined by the African Union. You must have achieved or be on target to achieve the equivalent to a UK 1st Class undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree. You must have applied for a full-time Master’s programme in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for 2021 entry (2021-2022 academic year): You must be self-funding your studies or, if you are in receipt of other funding, that funding must not cover more than 50% of the Lancaster University tuition fee. If, following an offer from Lancaster University, you are awarded other funding that exceeds 50% then you must inform Lancaster University. Your scholarship will then be made available to another candidate. If you are offered a scholarship, you will be required to pay a £250 acceptance deposit to secure the scholarship award. You will need to pay the acceptance deposit within 4 weeks of the date we notify you that you have been successful in obtaining a scholarship.

Who can apply:

All international

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