Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Global Education

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Self-funded

Duration: Part-time study over six years

Application deadline: 15th November 2019 (Overseas), 10th December 2019 (UK/EU)

Interview dates: Via Skype, will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: January 2020

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Developing globally competent educational researchers

The online PhD in Global Education is designed to develop you into an educational researcher with a global outlook, utilising research for changing yourself and changing society.

It is a structured doctorate that develops the capability of individuals to work within a professional context, researching and theorising their own professional practice in schools, universities or other professional contexts. Participants will be colleagues who construct their identities as practitioners and/or policy makers. Their prime motivation will be to generate professional knowledge; their aspiration will be to advance their careers in the realms of policy and practice.

Integrated within this programme is a track to Masters by Research, which candidates can take if they do not wish to progress to the doctorate. You will have the opportunity to build up, through the degree, a substantial piece of original research that has real relevance to policy and/or practice.

Key features:

A structured route to completion through nine portfolio submissions;

  • Significant taught element (60 credits of relevant masters’ level 7 modules, delivered online);
  • Comprehensive induction and researcher development training workshops tailored to an international, at-distance cohort and delivered online;
  • The development of a global network of postgraduate researchers who are supported to develop as a cohort of peers and a community of practice.


The PhD in Global Education is a highly structured programme of study and research, led by a dedicated supervisory team. All taught elements take place on a dedicated online learning platform using a combination of online modules, live webcast and asynchronous discussions.

MRes/PhD students are required to fulfil 60 credits of module activity including:

  • Developing as a Global Education Researcher
  • Composing Literature Reviews in Education
  • The Research Article in Education Studies

Supervisory meetings will take place virtually on a monthly basis and researchers will be able to access a virtual community to participate in discussions with others on the programme. There is an expectation to engage in progress review panels, to ensure work is on track to completion.

Assessment is through an individual viva voce examination via video conference, and thesis of up to 80,000 words.

The PhD is aligned to the Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA) at Coventry University, one of the University Research Centres that conducts fundamental and applied research impacting upon teaching practice and learning outcomes, creating better futures, societies and providing the framework for excellence in education.

You can read further details in relation to the Research Centre on their dedicated webpage.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
  • Applicants should have at least five years working in an educational setting. As the doctorate focuses on professional practice, this is necessary in order for the application of theory to practice.

How to apply

Enquiries may be addressed to Professor Megan Crawford, Programme Lead. Please email GLEA

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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