Education and teaching (2016 entry)

Subject overview

Education hosts three international research centres:

Education faculty research interests intersect with anthropology, development studies, gender studies, international relations, psychology and sociology.

There are exciting teaching and research opportunities for mid-career and senior professionals doing doctoral research.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Our ITE courses are highly valued by local schools and our provision was graded ‘good’ in secondary and ‘outstanding’ in primary in our 2014 Ofsted inspection.

Our ITE partnership offers a range of high-quality professional and academic training courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), including the established PGCE and School Direct training routes and our new MA with Early Years Teacher Status. Our courses are strengthened by the involvement of local schools in the selection, training and assessment of beginning teachers. The result of this longstanding relationship is that our trainees receive excellent support from schools offering professional placements, the experienced teachers who act as mentors and from our dedicated tutors who offer models of successful pedagogy. We believe that all teachers benefit from engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and ongoing professional development.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Our ITE courses are highly valued by local schools and our provision was graded ‘good’ in secondary and ‘outstanding’ in primary in our 2014 Ofsted inspection.

Our ITE partnership offers a range of high-quality professional and academic training courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), including the established PGCE and School Direct training routes and our new MA with Early Years Teacher Status. Our courses are strengthened by the involvement of local schools in the selection, training and assessment of beginning teachers. The result of this longstanding relationship is that our trainees receive excellent support from schools offering professional placements, the experienced teachers who act as mentors and from our dedicated tutors who offer models of successful pedagogy. We believe that all teachers benefit from engagement in evidence-based practice, reflection on research and ongoing professional development.

Specialist facilities
With prior permission you have access to specialist libraries on campus, as well as the University Library. For full-time research students, we provide access to computing facilities (including PCs), which supplement those available through University IT Services. There are also research student workrooms, equipped with some PCs.
Academic activities

We encourage and, if possible, financially support research students in attending conferences, especially where they are presenting material based on their research. Students are encouraged to publish material from their higher degree work.

Programmes

  • PhD in Education
PhD in Education
This PhD provides you with the support and resources necessary to complete an original and substantial piece of research, usually with a significant empirical component. You may be required to take modules offered within the MSc in Social Research Methods (+3 PhD), or to complete the MSc as the first year of the 1+3 PhD. In addition to individual tutorial support, there are opportunities for doctoral students to participate in research seminars, present their work in progress and take part in student-led groups.

Assessment and progression 

For those following the 1+3 PhD, an overall pass in the MSc in Social Research Methods with a grade of 60 per cent or higher in the dissertation is normally required for progression to the PhD. 

Those following the +3 PhD may be required to undertake coursework, depending on previous experience, qualifications and background in social-science research.

The research proposal developed in the first year of the PhD is reviewed by academic faculty before permission to undertake fieldwork is granted. Annual reviews of your progress and training needs are conducted.

Recent thesis titles

A study of in-school pregnancy in Mozambique 

A study of low-income students’ transition from junior to high school in Mexico

Doing the rights thing: an ethnography of a discourse of ‘rights’ and ‘respect’ within a primary school in the UK

Education decisions amongst the urban poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Human rights and access to education in Ghanaian basic schools

If you are considering applying you can find more information by visiting Applying to study for a PhD in Education 

Research centres 

In addition to interdisciplinary research with the Department of Social Work and Social Care, we host three research centres that provide the intellectual bases for our research, consultancy and teaching activity: 

  • The Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) provides a platform for the growing field of research into Higher Education with a particular focus on the themes of identity, transition and assessment. Recent research has addressed race and equality issues in UK Higher Education, widening participation in Higher Education in low-income countries, gender and Higher Education, disability and Higher Education, doctoral pedagogy, transitions from vocational and further education, and postdoctoral transitions. 
  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with research on all aspects of learning and teaching in a wide range of educational contexts – official and informal. It places particular emphasis on schooling, transitions, equity and inclusion. The Centre has exceptional expertise in professional learning, collaborative practitioner enquiry and in investigating the relationship between theory, practice and policy from early-years to Higher-Education contexts and settings. 
  • The Centre for International Education (CIE) has an international reputation for its work on educational development in the global south. Current research includes teacher education in sub-Saharan Africa, access to education in low-income countries, gender and development, education and conflict, sustainable financing of secondary education, aid and education development.

Routes into doctoral study

Doctoral research in Education at Sussex has ESRC recognition. These are the routes into doctoral study in the Department of Education:

  • the PhD 1+3 route, which benefits from research training within the MSc in Social Research Methods
  • the PhD +3 route, for those with prior research training and/or experience.

Entry requirements

PhD in Education

UK entrance requirements

You should hold at least a second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent qualification and normally a Masters degree, and have had at least three years experience of work in education or a related area. In exceptional circumstances, we consider applications from those with lesser qualifications who can demonstrate that they are sufficiently prepared for, and able to benefit from, this course. This usually means extensive relevant professional experience

A research proposal must be submitted on application. Visit the education research guidelines

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section. Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 overall, with at least 62 in all four skills

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Additional entry information

Our research students come from a wide variety of countries, educational settings and backgrounds. The course is suited to those with an academic background at Masters level in an appropriate discipline, or with research experience gained in an educational context in the UK or overseas. Relevant professional experience is also considered.

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

PhD in Education fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

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Prof Kwame Akyeampong
Professor Of International Education & Development
A.Akyeampong@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Educational Assessment, Educational inequalities, Educational policy analysis, Educational Reform, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education Policy, Teaching and Learning

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Prof Janet Boddy
Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies
J.M.Boddy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: child and youth welfare, cross-national methodology, family studies, Research Ethics, social pedagogy, Social work

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Dr Barbara Crossouard
Senior Lecturer in Education
B.Crossouard@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: assessment, Citizenship and youth, doctoral education, education in contexts of postcoloniality, gender, higher education, identities, researcher development

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Prof Mairead Dunne
Professor of Sociology of Education
mairead.dunne@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education

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Dr Naureen Durrani
Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development
N.Durrani@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Citizenship and youth, Curriculum and textbooks, Education, Education & peacebuilding, International education & development, Pakistan, pedagogy, South Asia, Teacher Education

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Dr Louise Gazeley
Senior Lecturer
L.H.Gazeley@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Educational inequalities, Exclusion from school, Fair access and widening participation, Inclusive education, Parental involvement in education, Social class and educational disadvantage, Teacher Education

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Prof Gillian Hampden-Thompson
Professor of Education
G.Hampden-Thompson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Educational inequalities, Quantitative methods, Secondary Data Analysis, Social rights and social justice, Sociology of Education, Student outcomes, Teaching and Learning

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Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith
Senior Lecturer In Higher Education
J.T.Hinton-Smith@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Feminist and qualitative research methods, Feminist theory, Gender Studies, higher education, Sociology of Education, Widening participation

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Prof Brian Hudson
Professor of Education
B.G.Hudson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education, ICT in Education, Initial Teacher Education, Joint Action in Didactics, Mathematics Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Policy

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Prof Louise Morley
Professor of Education
L.Morley@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Women and leadership

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Dr Linda Morrice
Senior Lecturer In Education
L.M.Morrice@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: citizenship, Education, Gender and Sexuality, Learning, Migration, refugees, Social cohesion, Social exclusion, Social identities

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Prof Mario Novelli
Professor Of The Political Economy Of Education
M.Novelli@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education

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Dr John Parry
Teaching Fellow
J.Parry@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: environmental education, Social inclusion, Sustainable development

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Prof John Pryor
Professor of Education & Social Research
J.B.Pryor@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: doctoral education, Education, formative assessment, higher education, International education & development, Learning, pedagogy, professional development, Social rights and social justice

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Dr Robert Rosenthal
Senior Teaching Fellow in Education
R.D.Rosenthal@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education

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Prof Yusuf Sayed
Professor of International Education and Development Policy
Y.Sayed@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education

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Dr Julia Sutherland
Senior Lecturer in Education
J.C.Sutherland@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education

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Dr Simon Thompson
Senior Lecturer
S.J.Thompson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education

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Prof Rachel Thomson
Professor of Childhood & Youth Studies
R.Thomson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Social behaviour, Sociology

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Dr Rebecca Webb
Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
R.C.Webb@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: action research, Anthropology and ethnography, Feminist and qualitative research methods, participatory methods

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Dr Jo Westbrook
Senior Lecturer in Education
jlw24@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: adolescence in literature, Ethnographic Methods, International education & development, pedagogy, qualitative research methods, reading comprehension, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Policy

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Careers and perspectives

Our graduates work across public, private and non-profit-making sectors as researchers, consultants, advisors, educational practitioners and directors. This includes working in Higher-Education institutions in the UK and inter-nationally as lecturers, senior lecturers, course leaders or researchers.

Others are practitioners in schools, further or adult education. Some have policy roles within education ministries, while a few work in large multilateral organisations such as the World Bank or UNESCO.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Pascal Fanning-Tichbourne
School of Education and Social Work,
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9QQ, UK
T +44 (0)1273 678464 
E eswpgradmin@sussex.ac.uk

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Overseas visits

Meet with Sussex staff in your country at exhibitions, visits to schools and universities, and at a wide range of other events. Forthcoming visits are planned all over the world:

Bahrain • Brazil • Brunei • Canada • China • Colombia • France • Germany • Ghana • Greece • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Iraq • Italy • Japan • Kenya • Kuwait • Malaysia • Mexico • Nigeria • Norway • Pakistan • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Korea • Spain • Sri Lanka • Taiwan • Thailand • Turkey • UAE • USA • Vietnam.

In-country representatives

In the International Office, we manage a network of overseas representatives who have been trained to support international students with their application to study at the University. Services representatives provide can include pre-departure information, support in submitting your housing application and advice regarding applying for a UK Student Visa.

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