University of York

University of York


Research in the department is organised into 4 main areas of education and social justice, language learning, science education and psychology in education and we particularly welcome research proposals in these areas. However, research proposals on a wide range of topics are considered; please see staff research interests and a list of research topics where they would welcome applications. Staff at the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) and at the Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) also offer PhD supervision as part of our PhD programme, and the research topics of relevant IEE and CELT staff have been included in this list. The degrees of MPhil and PhD provide an opportunity to conduct a substantial in-depth study of a topic of interest to the applicant. Both degrees are offered on either a full-time basis (2 years for MPhil, 3 years for PhD) or part-time basis (4 years for MPhil and 6 years for PhD).

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have an Honours degree in an appropriate subject or a Master's degree (MA, MSc or MEd), although candidates with other evidence of ability to succeed at PhD level are also considered.In order to apply for a PhD place, we ask that you first submit an application form. We cannot accept a CV or any other documentation in place of a formal application. When you apply for a PhD place, you must submit a research proposal about 1,500 words in length. If you are interested in studying for a PhD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) you can apply for an MPhil/PhD in Education or an MPhil/PhD in TESOL.

Assessment methods

The degree is awarded following successful examination of a thesis submitted at the end of the period of study. An MPhil thesis is normally about 55,000 words in length and a PhD thesis about 80,000 words.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,165 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 14,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 14,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,083 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
MPhil Part-time £ 7,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,083 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 7,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Research Degree Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01904 323455