PhD Studentship in Education 


  • Qualification type: PhD
  • Subject area: Education - please see disciplinary areas below
  • Location: De Havilland Campus, Hatfield
  • Start date: 1 September 2024
  • Closing application date: 31 May 2024
  • Duration: three years full time, subject to satisfactory progress

About the award

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in the Schools of Law and Education at the University of Hertfordshire. This is a strategic investment to help develop the next generation of academic researchers in Education and this studentship is designed to help train an exceptional doctoral student with specialism in education. It will combine doctoral research with an introduction to teaching and learning and an opportunity to develop a rounded career trajectory.

The studentship is for three years and covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend (currently £18,622 for 2023/24). There may also be opportunities to undertake teaching related activities in a relevant area.  Any additional teaching undertaken will be remunerated separately.

About the project

Applications are welcome on any research topic and specialism in the following disciplinary areas:

  • Teacher education, including subject pedagogy
  • Transnational/international education
  • Educational leadership
  • Accountability and governance in education, including educational inspection
  • Evaluation and development of educational institutions
  • Continuing professional learning and retention of education professionals
  • Curriculum development
  • Outdoor learning
  • Science education
  • Wellbeing and mentoring in educational context
  • Innovation in education, including AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Applicants may find it helpful to look at the nature of current research in the Schools of Law and Education.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least an upper second-class undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in a relevant discipline. A first-class undergraduate degree in a relevant field will be advantageous.  Applicants must be permanently resident in the UK and qualify for home fees status.

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • A 2000 words research proposal
  • Two academic references  - referees needs to send their reference direct to the Doctoral College
  • Copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • CV
  • Certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

We welcome applications from all members of our community including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups, as well as candidates with a disability or neurodiversity.

Please send completed applications to the Doctoral College with the following format in the email subject line: Schools of Law and Education PhD studentship application_YOUR NAME

For enquiries regarding the application process and research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire, please email the Doctoral College. For enquiries concerning this studentship and the Schools of Law and Education please email the Research Tutor, Dr Jed Hopkins or Head of Education and Continuing Professional Learning, Dr Sylwia Holmes .

Key Dates

Closing date for applications:  31 May 2024

Interview dates:  to be confirmed

Studentship start date: 1 September 2024