School of Education

Practice-based PhD

Our practice-based PhD allows you to carry out workplace-based research and to submit a practice component along with a shorter thesis, in place of the traditional 80,000 word PhD thesis.

The practice component can take a variety of forms, e.g. a creative artefact, model, digital resources, programme, etc.

The details will be agreed with supervisors within six months of registration for full-time students or twelve months for part-time students.

Examples of practice-based doctoral study inquiries

Below are a few examples of the sort of inquiries that lend themselves to practice-based doctoral study:

  • Developing classroom pedagogies in your subject area
  • Devising programmes for Continuing Professional Development
  • Implementing a training programme for student teachers or early career teachers
  • Developing researcher capacity in schools
  • Devising a course/textbook

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.


If you are interested in a practice-based PhD, please take a look at our supervisors' areas of expertise and make contact with us to discuss your ideas.

In the first instance, please contact Education's Doctoral Studies Office.

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