Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route PhD) - Education

Education at Brunel is a vibrant and dynamic community that responds to external forces and internal developments with expertise and enthusiasm.

This expertise is dedicated to the education of teachers, youth and community workers and other related professionals, both those entering the profession for the first time and those who are established and wish to develop and enhance their existing qualifications and skills.

A New Age of Learning

The Department's research embraces the vision of an inclusive education in which learning and teaching are enhanced through the education of professionals. The Department's teaching, in programmes uniquely incorporating the results of this research, seeks to promote skills such as those developed in the area of supportive education and to prepare teachers to help all pupils of all abilities to develop their full potential. The MA in Education was recently praised by external assessors for its 'high quality teaching', 'pro-active tutoring system', and for the ways in which staff 'use their cutting-edge research in their teaching, making research integral to students' experience'.

Research students are normally admitted to a research unit or centre in the Department, where they benefit from working with staff and other research students in a similar field, and are encouraged to contribute to and participate in national and international research symposia. The Department also runs regular doctoral research methods training courses.

Associate Studentships

There are opportunities for colleagues and prospective students from the UK, EU or overseas to acquire Associate status in Education without necessarily registering for an award. Associate students are allowed use of University facilities and access to the taught programme and tutorial support by negotiation.


The Department has excellent support services and resources, including dedicated research areas fully equipped with on-line ICT facilities, and is able to support qualitative and quantitative approaches to approved research topics. In addition, research and teaching are enriched by the partnerships established between itself and schools, both locally and nationally.

The programme aims to educate graduates not only to the high academic standards expected from PhD research but also in generic personal, business and communication skills. Because it extends the usual PhD from three to four years, it develops an integrated range of skills and knowledge that both broaden and deepen the individual's subject expertise beyond the bounds of the usual research degree.


Your taught programme will promote critical analysis, independence of thought, an awareness of broader issues which create an impact on the environment of research and an understanding of subject-specific knowledge at the forefront of your discipline. The taught element will cover generic and research skills and discipline-specific modules as follows:

Module Code
Module Title
GS5525 Theory and Practise in Research 15
GS5527/31 Research Design, Methods and Analysis (Behavioural/Physical Sciences) 30
GS5530 Research Management, Leadership and Personal Development 15
GS5528 Academic Research Dissemination 15
GS5529 Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact 15
GS5526 Guided Study or Subject-specific modules 30
Total 120

This programme is designed to be flexible and meet your individual needs therefore the modules above may run over several consecutive years allowing you to negotiate your route through the programme in a way that best supports your individual development.

Discipline-specific modules

  • Action Research
  • Foundation – Disciplines of Education
  • Literature and Policy Analysis

Fees 2014/15

  • Home/EU: £8,250 full-time
  • Overseas: £16,000 full-time

Entry Requirements

You must have a good first degree (upper second or first) in an Education or Sports Science related discipline and preferably hold a relevant Master’s degree obtained from a UK university or overseas equivalent.   

Information about your studies

Brunel Integrated PhD (NewRoutePhD) Contact

Julie Bradshaw
Tel +44 (0)1895 266492

Apply for this course online

Page last updated: Wednesday 03 September 2014