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PhD work centres on research leading to a dissertation. With the support of academic supervisors to guide you, you undertake research training and carry out personal research on a topic of interest. You will work with supervisors, who are internationally recognised researchers in their field.

The doctoral community is large and diverse; you will also join one of our five research centres and this will give you the opportunity to get to know other researchers working in similar areas. There are more than 90 research students working in the School of Education. The atmosphere is exciting, creative and welcoming.

**The ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership**
The Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath form the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP), which draws together the established research excellence of more than 750 academic and research staff from across the three institutions. An online academic journal, which is run by students from the SWDTP, and an annual student-led conference are among the highlights.

The School of Education's MSc Educational Research programme is one of the research training pathways that make up the SWDTP. This programme forms the basis for the extensive research training programme that all PhD candidates undertake.

Other support includes access to a dedicated library on site; modern, flexible and well-appointed study spaces; a large number of seminars, often featuring national and international visitors; research student seminars; reading groups; and access to specialist methodological support.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and normally a merit at MSc/MA level (or equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Sponsorship information

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC-funded scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students. (


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

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