4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018


The PhD in Education gives you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in an area of interest and to hone advanced research skills. You’ll work with faculty who are global in their outlook and experts in their fields.

Our students come from all over the world. For many, the PhD is an important step in advancing a professional career.

We host four research centres:

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us at

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex


Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Kwame Akyeampong
    Professor Of International Education & Development

    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

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

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    Dr Barbara Crossouard
    Reader in Education

    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

    Research interests: Education

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    Dr Naureen Durrani
    Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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    Dr Nigel Marshall
    Senior Lecturer in Education

    Research interests: Developing concepts of gender, International music education, Music and Dementia, Music and early childhood, Music and wellbeing, Music Psychology

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    Prof Louise Morley
    Professor of Education

    Research interests: Women and leadership

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    Dr Linda Morrice
    Senior Lecturer In Education

    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

    Research interests: Education

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    Prof John Pryor
    Professor of Education & Social Research

    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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    Prof Yusuf Sayed
    Professor of International Education and Development Policy

    Research interests: Education

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    Dr Julia Sutherland
    Senior Lecturer in Education

    Research interests: Education

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    Dr Simon Thompson
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Education

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    Dr Rebecca Webb
    Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education

    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

    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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Entry requirements

You should hold at least an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above 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.

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.

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

Research training

If you’re applying for ESRC funding, you might need to do a Masters first. Find out about our Social Research Methods MSc.

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

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.