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We encourage and support new research through our expanding doctoral programmes, the Doctorate in Education (EdD) and our MPhil/PhD programmes.

Whichever route students follow, they will study as a member of a supportive community of peers.

Our PhD supervision is geared towards the needs and interests of educational professionals, and our supervisors have researched and published in the fields of pedagogy, philosophy, theory and sociology of education as well as being experienced practitioners. Our students are supported and supervised thoroughly, and furnished with the necessary critical and research skills to prepare and develop a viable thesis that will occupy the final stages of their study.

The EdD includes a taught component that is designed specifically for professional people, which is delivered over six weekends each year to fit in with busy schedules.

Whichever route students follow, they will study as a member of a supportive community of peers. Our research students are encouraged to develop distinctive themes for research, grounded in their own professional practice, and this can range from exploring young children's play to investigating adult learners’ study skills, or from studying young people's ideas about contemporary art in a gallery to analysing the impact of the applications of the arts in learning in public, private and third-sector organisations and business.

Our tailored research-support programme develops research and enquiry skills, often linked to teaching and learning and/or other aspects of an organisation’s improvement plan. Participants explore and implement a range of research methodologies to promote education and pedagogical research, promoting a culture of professional enquiry and research.

Follow the links below to view the types of theses undertaken by our past and present postgraduate research students, with links to full projects on the Chester Repository site where applicable. Students who have completed an undergraduate course are required to earn a Master’s level qualification before undertaking doctoral study - you can get further information about applications and funding or read a full description of what to expect from our postgraduate courses.