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PhD/MPhil Professional Education



What will I learn?

This Professional Education PhD/MPhil allows you to closely examine a specific area of higher education. You will conduct research or combine your publications to create a unique analytical account.


You will shape your own experience of the Professional Education PhD/MPhil. By concentrating on one element of higher education through in-depth research, you will produce a major body of work and position yourself as an expert.

City’s Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) is a central service and an academic department with a research-active team. It will help you create and realise the best possible research programme.

Our research-active team plays a key role in developing the educational culture here. The design of your PhD or MPhil will be a collaboration between us and you. We are flexible and creative, offering professional development opportunities to support educational practice. This enables you to achieve your maximum potential.

Traditional PhD

The focus of this route is on academic inquiry and scholarship which requires a significant and original contribution to knowledge. The focus is usually on developing academic knowledge in this area and requires a study focused on scholarly activity in the area.

On completion of study a thesis of between 80,000 -100,000 words is submitted.

PhD by Prior Publication

This route focusses on those that have published in their discipline and have demonstrated an original contribution of knowledge in this area. The components of the submission includes the body of published work and a supporting document which synthesises the published work and indicates clearly the original contribution to knowledge (20,000 words).

PhD by Prospective Publication

This route requires you to conduct an empirical research project or a series of related projects in a similar manner to the work normally conducted for PhD presented by major thesis. The output will be a series of peer- reviewed articles which should be submitted to a journal accepted and published.

Which department am I in?

Learning Enhancement and Development Educational

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£12,480.00 (US$ 15,055) per year
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 October 2023


City, University of London

Northampton Square,

City of London,

EC1V 0HB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You should normally be working in an area of professional education with a minimum of three years’ experience. This way you can draw upon your practice as well as your theory and use this programme of study to develop your practice. You are expected to have a good honours degree (normally no less than a second class honours degree from a UK University) in an appropriate subject and/or an MA or MSc or equivalent qualification. You should be able to demonstrate proficient use of oral and written English and demonstrate the aptitude and motivation to undertake a course of independent research at doctoral level. If you consider yourself to be a non-traditional student you may be considered if you can demonstrate substantial research or relevant professional experience/publication. An overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing subtests. Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the Board of Studies concerned (for those students who don't require a Tier 4 visa). TOEFL: We require a well-balanced overall score of at least 100 and no less than 25 in the Writing section.

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


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