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    3-4 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time (for full PhD)

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Course content

We offer research supervision relating to education and welcome enquiries about possible research topics, both theoretical and empirical. Many of our research students are also practising professionals carrying out research related to their work- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/mphil-phd-education/

The The Department of Educational Studies has over 50 research students from the United Kingdom, Europe and many other countries overseas.

We are particularly interested to hear from those who would like to work within areas such as:

action research in education
art in education
bilingualism in education
children and popular culture
comparative education and international work
comprehensive education
curriculum policy and practice
development of literacy
digital technologies and education
drama in education
early childhood education and cultural diversity
early literacy and bilingualism
English in education
equity and social justice
family learning in multilingual contexts
gender studies
history of education
identities, cultures and the curriculum
non-formal education
out-of-school learning
policy and its contestation
race and education
science in education
sexuality and education
social class and education
spatial aspects of education
teaching of reading
visual cultures and education

Research students in Education typically use a range of qualitative methods including ethnographic approaches, observation, narrative methods, discourse analysis, video analysis, and life histories.

The MPhil programme offers the opportunity for the student to continue their research to a PhD.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Martha Giles.

Programme aims

To help you:

Identify appropriate issues of educational significance for your enquiry
Select appropriate methods and methodologies by which to investigate these
Appreciate the epistemological and technical assumptions that underpin this choice
Design and execute a well-founded enquiry
Analyse and interpret findings with accuracy, rigour and originality
Identify the practical and professional implications of educational enquiry


We ensure that you are supported by highly qualified supervisors with whom you work to a mutually agreed timetable and maintain regular tutorial contact throughout your research. An induction and research training programme is provided and you are normally expected to follow this. There is an annual appraisal of your progress, and every effort is made to ensure good communication between yourself, your supervisor and other relevant members of staff.

Students have additional support from the Goldsmiths Graduate School, where there is a lively programme of interdisciplinary seminars, as well as core research training to support your studies. The Graduate School also has its own virtual research community, running in parallel to the physical School and providing online seminars and research training programmes.

All MPhil students and academic staff are invited to research seminars run by the Department’s three Research Centres: the Centre for Language, Culture and Learning (CLCL), the Centre for the Arts and Learning and the Centre for Identities and Social Justice. In addition to academics from inside and outside the University, research students also have an opportunity to contribute to seminars on work in progress.


In addition to the facilities available in the Graduate School the Department has good facilities for research students including a study room with networked computers, scanner and printers.


Thesis and viva voce.


Education at Goldsmiths is ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of our research**

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live.

That’s why our research delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

How to apply

Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body.

If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.

Research proposals

Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.

This should be in the form of a statement of the proposed area of research and should include:

delineation of the research topic
why it has been chosen
an initial hypothesis (if applicable)
a brief list of major secondary sources


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Education (MPhil) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!






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