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School of Environment, Education and Development

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PhD Education
Specialised doctoral training at the Manchester Institute of Education.

PhD Education / Programme details

Year of entry: 2018

Programme description

At the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) we have a commitment to addressing social justice, and to enabling evidence informed educational change through both our scholarly activities and our collaborative partnerships with professionals. Similarly, we are concerned with theoretical and applied research aiming to support vulnerable learners in educational and other contexts. Our work builds upon a long-standing reputation for excellence in educational research and teaching with a tradition stretching back to 1890, when education was first established as a focus for study within The University of Manchester.  We offer a lively international student community.  We are one of the largest graduate educational research communities in the UK; with a rich diversity of opportunity for our postgraduate research students.

The MIE approach to research is distinctive, through a focus on equity and practice, we make a significant contribution to the University's goal of social responsibility.  Our aim is to ensure that our educational and allied research is at the cutting edge of theory and practice, and that it contributes to improvements in the overall wellbeing of students, their families and communities throughout the world.  Productive partnerships with policy-makers and practitioners have also been developed in order to interplay ideas, evidence and strategy.  Manchester Institute of Education research themes include:

  • Disadvantage and poverty (DP)
  • Critical education policy and leadership (CEPaL)
  • Critical pedagogies and Maths education (CPME)
  • Special educational and additional needs (SEAN), which comprises 3 areas: applied prevention in education, educational and counselling psychology and knowledge, power and identity

PhD applications are welcomed in the above areas. Details about MIE PhD programme studies are available here . Please explore the website further to find out more about our ongoing research and academics.

MIE Research themes and projects:

As a PhD student you will join a vibrant and dynamic group of people with diverse backgrounds, interests and world views, and gain the opportunity to work with leading experts who have a broad range of experience and knowledge in the respective fields.  There will be many opportunities for you to become involved in ongoing research projects.  We know the importance of transition and community; all our incoming PhD students are assigned a buddy, a senior student who offers advice and support to help connect you quickly into the community.  The Postgraduate Research Support Network is run by students for students and provides regular opportunities for debate.  Similarly, Research Matters is a lively seminar series for all staff and research students in MIE.  Our research students are vital to our research community and are welcomed as such.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: