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PhD in Education Programme

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Key Facts
Course length 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time
Number of students admitted October 2013 37 full-time / 12 part-time

17 home / 3 EU / 29 overseas

Number of students admitted October 2014 29 full-time / 5 part-time

6 home / 6 EU / 22 overseas

Number of students admitted October 2015 56 full-time / 11 part-time

19 home / 8 EU / 40 overseas

Number of students admitted October 2016

44 full-time / 7 part-time

18 home / 10 EU / 23 overseas

Number of students admitted October 2017

46 full-time / 13 part-time

17 home / 12 EU / 20 overseas

The University will be hosting a Postgraduate Open Day on the 3rd November. For further information please visit our open day webpage

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Research Community

We currently have over 200 PhD students in the Faculty of Education from more than 40 countries. They make an important contribution to the vitality of the Faculty's research culture and to its outstanding reputation internationally. The Faculty of Education in Cambridge is one of the UK's key centres for educational research, carrying out an extensive range of externally funded research projects. We have long established relationships with national and international agencies and institutions.

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ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

The Faculty's doctoral research training programme is part of the ESRC recognised Doctoral Training Centre. The DTC is awarded an annual quota of studentships for home and EU students, further details of which can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.The DTC aims to provide stimulating training and support that encourages students to engage in internationally competitive research.

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PhD Programme Structure

The first year will be spent following training in research methods, ending with the preparation of a registration report and attendance at the registration viva. Upon passing the viva, students are formally registered for the PhD. In the second year, students normally conduct fieldwork for 2-3 terms and start data analysis. The third year is devoted to data analysis, writing up and submission. For part-timers, these elements are spread over 5 years.

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The PhD Dissertation

The main purpose of the PhD is to prepare a substantial piece of original research which makes a significant contribution to learning. The final award of the degree is decided solely on the assessment of the PhD dissertation and the candidate's performance in the oral examination. Many students publish parts of their research after the award of their degree or en route to it. 

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