Centre for the Study of Higher Education

PhD in Higher Education

Research on Higher Education at Kent includes work in three main strands:

  1. Enhancing learning and teaching, including research on teaching, learning, assessment, feedback and student experience.
  2. The professional development needs of academic staff, particularly those who have been marginalised, such part time, refugee, immigrant and disabled staff.
  3. Subject-specific pedagogy focusing on teaching, learning, assessment and feedback within particular disciplines.

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

In addition to regular meetings with supervisors, research students take part in a fortnightly work-in-progress with PhD students at various stages of the programme and CSHE supervisors. Research students also follow a tailored research training programme, which can include research methods modules offered by the Centre, by the Graduate and Researcher College, or by other Schools, as appropriate.

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 or teachers of English as a foreign language.

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 and Researcher College website.

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Last Updated: 01/03/2021