Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Education/Lifelong Learning

An MPhil/PhD is an opportunity to undertake a major piece of research under the supervision of someone with academic expertise in your field. As a research student, you will be interested in your own development as a lifelong learner and will seek to engage in critical debate and key issues of education and lifelong learning. You will develop your skills as an independent and active learner, and apply your research skills with theoretical perspectives and understandings of lifelong learning. You will be immersed in an academically stimulating and challenging environment, with easy access to high-quality research resources. On completing an MPhil/PhD degree you will have developed advanced skills in research and scholarly writing, and will be able to use these to embark on, or further, a career in research. As many of our students study part-time, you may have the opportunity to apply your developing research skills in your current career.

Course modules

We have academic experts in education after the compulsory phase, including adult, community, further and higher education as well as professional learning, and supervision is offered in a range of areas. These include: Lifelong learning Higher education policy and practice Lifelong learning and widening participation policy and practice Workplace learning Transitions from learning to working The academic workplace Professional learning and education Post-compulsory education Adult education Continuing education Gender and education Education in later life Education and social class Community-based learning.

Sponsorship information

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time October 2018 - 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time January 2019 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time January 2019 GBP 6,050 per Year 1 (International) 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time January 2019 GBP 2,187 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time April 2019 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time April 2019 - 7 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy
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