The School of Education serves the Scottish education community and has strong local and global professional networks and ties. We are important to the primary, secondary and tertiary teaching communities of Scotland through our provision of both quality initial and in-service teacher education and continuing professional development programmes. We have expertise in pedagogy, we engage in research and consultancy services in: teacher education; language teaching; and the continuing professional development of education practitioners. A major part of our work lies in the training of new researchers through our postgraduate research degrees.
The School of Education offers both doctoral and Master’s level programmes of study. These are designed to develop students’ skills in research. Students work with experienced supervisors to undertake an original piece of research.
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The School of Education has a wide range of taught postgraduate programmes.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the School of Education was rated number one in Scotland, with 90 percent of our educational research of 'International Significance'.
The School of Education is recognised for the quality of its research. Our research has impact and changes lives. As we comprise a body of highly regarded academic staff, widely published in their respected areas of expertise, our supervisory capacity and capability is extensive and sought after. Find a supervisor.
Education at Stirling has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition for full-time and part-time research students, including those on the taught MRes and PhD. A wide range of training and development opportunities help you meet the ESRC postgraduate training guidelines.
The School offers a range of opportunities to undertake a doctorate:
To be considered for admission to the degree, a candidate will normally have a good honours degree in Education or cognate subject from a Higher Education institution in the United Kingdom, or a degree of equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom. Exceptionally, a candidate with learning gained through extensive relevant professional experience may be considered for admission. Candidates are expected to have good numeracy skills and a willingness to engage in depth and breadth with statistical analysis.
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.