What will I learn?

About the programme

You would independently undertake a substantial doctoral programme of individual research leading to a significant original contribution to knowledge or its interpretation.

The expected time period from enrolment to submission is normally three years of full-time study or six years of part-time study. The degree is assessed on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva.

Areas of expertise include

  • mental health (student and staff)
  • dance movement therapy
  • educational leadership and policy
  • learning and teaching
  • school and university curricula and pedagogies
  • professional learning and development
  • reflection and reflexivity
  • identity, agency, self-efficacy
  • early years
  • trans-national education
  • a range of established research approaches as well as narrative and other non-traditional methods
  • Teacher Educators and Teacher Education

Why choose this programme?

An internationally recognised research qualification
Develops advanced research-based subject knowledge and expertise
Develops research skills through engaging in sustained research
The attributes of independent critical thinking and research practice are highly valued by employers

Teaching methods

Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by a researcher development programme which will help you develop research skills relevant to your field of research.

The degree is assessed on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£13,650.00 (US$ 18,501) per year
The 2020/21 fees would be £13,650 and subject to increase for 2021/22 entry. £500 full payment discount. Research students can enrol at the beginning of each month and fees are charged for the year from their enrolment date. Fees are charged annually until the student formally submits to Academic Services for final examination.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 February 2022, 1 March 2022, 1 April 2022, 1 May 2022, 1 June 2022, 1 July 2022, 1 August 2022, 1 September 2022, 1 October 2022, 1 November 2022, 1 December 2022


University of Hertfordshire

College Lane,



AL10 9AB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Ideally applicants should hold a good honours degree (2.1 or 1st), and will normally be expected to hold a relevant Masters Degree. Applicants should have identified a specific developed area of focus for their research. Students would normally need an IELTS score of 6.5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) a score of 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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