University of East London

Course Introduction

Studying for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with the UEL Cass School of Education and Communities will push you to the limit - and you?ll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff. Research at Cass is innovative and responsive to the diverse educational needs of communities: in our own east London community, the rest of the UK, and internationally. Our main research interests are: early childhood policy and practice, learning and teaching, language and diversity, work-based learning, teacher education, race and community, education equality issues, comparative education, professional education, social work knowledge and practice and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).

The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas - normally over three years. PhD and MPhil students are supervised by one or more research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews. At the end of your PhD, you?ll write an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for a PhD should have either a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. To apply for a PhD course, they should have an MPhil, or MRes qualification or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. If they have relevant research or work experience, but no degree, they can still be considered for admission.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum requirement for a research degree is an IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall (minimum of 6.5 in all components). This should normally have been gained within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7