Postgraduate research

Education PhD Tuition Fee Waivers

Qualification: PhD

Department: Education

Application deadline: 14 September 2022

Start date: 9 January 2023


The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.

We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD in Education in the following research areas.

Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form (docx., 144kb) and submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page

Dr David Wharton

I could be interested by projects on teacher identity, emotional capital, and/or anything around working class experiences of education (teachers and students). From a pedagogic point of view, with a focus on Secondary (11-19) English, I’d be delighted to consider a PhD proposal on creative writing skills or on developing reading. In both cases, unconventional, but theoretically grounded, approaches to Teaching and Learning are most likely to get my attention.

Dr Lorna Cork

I am interested in supervising a PhD student whose research has a strong Equity and Inclusion focus.  This may well align with research on a larger-scale project, after a small-scale pilot study focused on HE leadership systems for Distance Learners’ success where I have engaged Research Assistants.   Home or international PGR interests could also cover leadership, ‘race’ and gender, parents and community-oriented policy and practice. This would fit well with my research interests drawing upon leadership experience in schools, parents, and community organisations and education policy. 

Dr Haiyan Xu

My current research focuses on teacher professional learning and practice development through lesson study (LS). LS is an east Asian model of teacher collaboration that typically involves a group of 3-4 teachers in iterative cycles of lesson planning, teaching/observation, evaluation and refinement with the aim to improving pupil learning. It is a well-structured form of teacher inquiry that is situated in the most germane unit of teachers’ everyday practice – the classroom lesson. Given the discursive nature of LS, I am particularly interested in the dialogic process and how members of a group use talk more or less effectively to elicit critical reflection and derive learning and practice innovation. More broadly, I am also interested in the wider efficacy of LS for fostering teacher professional development, school improvement, and curriculum implementation at a systemic level. 

I welcome a doctoral proposal from either an international or a UK home student who has a research interest in LS. It can focus on one or more areas of interests outlined above or an area entirely new. 

Dr Fay Baldry

My research focusses on how we can develop a deeper understanding of the learning opportunities inherent in the interactions between learners’ tasks and the teacher. In particular I’m interested to explore how our views about the learning of mathematics informs our understanding of task design and classroom discourse. My research interest in understanding classrooms has extends beyond mathematics through collaborative Lesson Study projects. With origins in Japan Lesson Study is a form of design research where educators collaboratively plan teach/observe and review a research lesson. This contributes to professional and curriculum development informing and informed and provides a platform for linking practitioner research and professional development.



The School of Education offers:

  • 2 UK tuition wee waivers for 3 years for full time study or 6 years part time study (part time only available to UK applicants)
  • 1 full time overseas fee waiver for 3 years

International applicants must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.

There is no stipend or additional funding available to support living costs.

The fee waivers are not available for distance learning study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor's Degree with at least a 2:1 and a Master's Degree or overseas equivalent qualifications.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply. 

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For enquiries about the proposed research please email the relevant supervisor listed above.

For application enquiries please email

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select January 2023*.

Look at the supervisors and research areas above and prepare your research proposal on the Proposal Form

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor (from the list above)  and your project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience. International applicants also must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of all degree level study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section please state CSSAH Fee Waiver

Incomplete applications and Research Proposals not submitted using the Proposal Form will not be considered.

*UK applicants may apply for either full time or part time study. International applicants may only apply for full time study if they require a Student Visa to study in the UK.



UK and International students are welcome to apply.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a group currently underrepresented in the University.

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