Centre for the Study of Higher Education

PhD in Higher Education

Research on Higher Education at Kent includes work on education policy, the philosophy, economics, management and politics of higher education, disciplinary teaching and learning, learning technology, academic practice and sociological perspectives on academic work.

Because the Centre draws on expertise from across the University of Kent, we can offer high-quality PhD supervision across a wide range of research topics, and we work very carefully to match you with a supervisory panel that suit your interests and ambitions. You can find out more about the research activities and publications of individual members of staff by following the links here.

In addition to regular meetings with supervisors, all research students take part in a tailored research training programme, which can include research methods modules offered by the Centre or by other Schools, as appropriate. As well as attending the regular research seminars offered by the Centre, students are encouraged to participate in the seminars, workshops, newer researcher networks and masterclasses offered by the scholarly bodies in the discipline, including SRHE and BERA. Most students of the Centre are studying part-time, and we aim to provide a lively academic community which makes full use of the professional and scholarly diversity of our staff and students.

Please note that the research expertise of Centre staff focuses specifically on the field of higher education, i.e. university-level institutions, processes, policies and educational provision.  We are unable to offer supervision on research topics relating to primary or secondary education, or to the training of schoolteachers.

If you are interested in applying for the PhD in Higher Education, we strongly recommend that you contact the Centre to discuss your plans before making a formal application. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

For the University's application procedures, please follow the links here, and funding opportunities can be found on the Graduate School website. Information regarding the Vice Chancellor's ResearchScholarship, can be found here.

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