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Professional Doctorate in Research Degrees in the Institute for Research in Education (IRED)


About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

About the course

Students will be supervised by an internationally recognised Director of Studies and a second supervisor. In addition to the individual support received, through empirical research, group discussion and activities, and critical engagement with diverse education theories, practices and policies, students will gain world-leading experience and skills in educational research. IRED encourages and supports students to share their findings at internal and external conferences and seminars, and by publishing in relevant journals. Students are also supported to develop their academic research profiles/careers and enhance their employability within educational research and academic more broadly.

Key features

-The ability to undertake independent research
-Monthly PhD seminar programme complements the supervision activities and provides feedback on research content and progress

Career opportunities

A doctorate is increasingly essential for those seeking to establish careers in research (in the public, private and third sector organisations) and academia (teaching, research and various support positions). The research experience acquired through the doctorate can assist applicants in gaining international educational appointments, as well as securing competitive post doctoral research positions.

Visit the Research Degrees in the Institute for Research in Education (IRED) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students require a Master's degree in Education or relevant social science subject. Background knowledge in Education as a discipline and a good understanding of research methods is necessary. Students for whom English is not their first language need to demonstrate their ability to undertake doctoral study in English. International applications will be assessed using UKVI and University of Bedfordshire policy.


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