MPhil and PhD Opportunities
Education and Sociology
Postgraduate Research in Education and Sociology
We offer excellent postgraduate research supervision, as well as taught Master’s degrees including a significant research component. Our researchers can provide you with high-quality research supervision in areas such as teaching and learning processes, special educational needs, mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, digital society and education, childhood, gender and culture, and early years provision.
All our programmes are subject to regular and rigorous external assessment by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Student satisfaction has placed us near the top of the National Student Survey and our most recent Ofsted inspection rated the department ‘outstanding’.
We have strong links with the three research centres in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL), Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS). We also work closely with local charities and Portsmouth City Council, as well as approximately 100 local and regional primary and secondary schools and early years settings.
Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR)
The Centre for European and International Studies Research brings together more than 60 researchers and 20 postgraduates from across the University, it offers a vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment within which to pursue research. Activities have been funded by major UK and European research councils, including the AHRC, ESF, ESRC, EU, UNESCO, the British Academy and various NGOs. Under the CEISR umbrella, researchers are grouped into the following research areas: Francophone Africa, International Development Studies and Security Issues, Language Across Borders, Social and Cultural History, Sociology and Social Theory, Transnational Europe, and Women's and Gender Studies.
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll need a good first degree from an internationally-recognised university or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. We'll also consider outstanding applicants with exceptional equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
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What I liked particularly about my course was the incredible support and encouragement I received from my supervisors which contributed to the successful completion of my PhD.
Stella Adagiri, PhD, MSc Education and Training Management
MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time
Start date: October/February
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent with no component score below 6.0.
- MPhil/PhD Fees*
MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
International full-time students: £13,200 p/a*
International part-time students: £6,600 p/a*
*All fees are subject to annual increase
- By Publication Fees*
Members of staff: £1,550 p/a*
External candidates: £4,260 p/a*
*All fees are subject to annual increase.
School of Education and Sociology
Mental Health and Well-being in Childhood and Education
- Moral development and bullying
- Homelearning - emotional and social development
- Childhood obesity
- Mental health, parenting and childhood
- Young care-leavers and Resilience
Childhood and International Development
- Children’s literacy and ethnicity
- Gender and education
- Global childhoods
- Childhood and bereavement
Action Research in Teacher Education
- Teaching and learning processes
- Aspects of Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
- Education management
- Post 16 education and training
- Curriculum provision in secondary and post-compulsory education
- Early years curriculum
- Digital natives
- Social media and learning in schools
- Special educational needs and provision
- Alternative curriculum programs
Sociology's long-standing interest in the complexity of social life and the multiple respects in which social institutions, structures, and processes influence conduct makes it vital for understanding the pressing issues of our times.
Research areas include:
- Classical and contemporary social thought
- Consumption and the environment
- Food and drink
- Emotions, happiness and wellbeing
- Culture, class, taste and aesthetics
- Gender and sexuality
- Race, ethnicity, citizenship, and nationalism
- Globalization, inequality and protest movements
- Sociology of economic life, work and employment
- The cultural economy of sport
- Violence, war, militarism, and the body
Facilities & Features
You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
Careers & Opportunities
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.
The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.
Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.
In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.