Self-funded and funded PhD opportunities at GLEA

Study for your PhD with the Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment

The Centre for Global Learning (GLEA) provides opportunities to study PhDs in a range of different ways.

We have developed a thriving PhD community who are supported by expert academics and contribute to our research portfolio. Choosing to undertake a PhD with GLEA will help you to explore some of the wider issues associated with equitable education and global learning.

As a PhD candidate with GLEA, you have access to University facilities, staff networking and relevant researcher seminars. PhD study is overseen by the University Doctoral College, who provides access to a wide range of learning opportunities and support throughout the student lifecycle from application through to graduation.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified self-funded or sponsored PhD candidates that relate to our current research themes. Applications can be for part-time and full-time study. If you think you have what it takes to study for a PhD with us and have an idea you would like to discuss before you apply, please contact us.

The University has three start dates each year in January, May and September, but interested candidates may contact GLEA at any time. You are able to view our potential supervisors and see their research specialisms by clicking through to their profiles.

Current PhD Opportunities

Funded PhDs

Self-funded PhDs

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Centre for an informal discussion before making an application, and welcomes proposals that fall within the following areas:

Equity and Attainment Theme:
  • Student access and ‘success’ in higher education
  • Student transition into and beyond higher education: challenges 
  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds or minorities: Success and attainment 
  • Learning trajectories from school to higher education and beyond
  • Access, progression and wellbeing of students with dyslexia, autism or other disabilities
  • Measuring equity of attainment
  • Student and staff wellbeing
  • Developing inclusive institutions

For all enquiries in the first instance, please contact Prof. Julia Carroll. Theme Lead

Intercultural Engagement and Global Learning Theme:
  • Decolonisation of curriculums, and institutions
  • Examining higher education curricula to develop globally-oriented graduates in a supercomplex world
  • ‘Internationalisation at Home’ as part ‘Internationalisation of the Curriculum’ 
  • Collaborative Online International Learning and Online Intercultural Exchange 
  • International students anticipation, motivations, expectations, experiences and constructions of success in higher education
  • Making the hidden curriculum visible: approaches to questioning paradigms and being critical of potential pedagogical assumptions
  • Interculturality and student mobility
  • Global graduates
  • Student expectations and impact of experiences in higher education
  • Leadership for a Global Higher Education

For all enquiries in the first instance, please contact Prof. Katherine Wimpenny, Theme Lead.

All applications must be made online. Please read the details of the online application.

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