Education, social work, and community education research degrees

An overview of our postgraduate research in education, social work, and community education and entry requirements for PhDs and other research degrees.

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Great emphasis is given to research in school, particularly applied interdisciplinary research and development which influences and supports policy and practice.

We are particularly well placed in Scotland to further the agenda of promoting social inclusion, raising achievement and enhancing quality of life across the lifespan, in an era when "joined up" working and integrated services are widely seen as essential.

Collaborative teams link with wider collaborations across the University (for example with Nursing, Medicine, Computing, and Psychology), with other Universities nationally and internationally, and with relevant agencies (such as central and local government, NGOs, voluntary organizations, professional associations, commercial sponsors, and other bodies). Links to the University of Dundee Graduate School, to the collaborative Social Dimensions of Health Institute, and to Research Councils and other funding bodies are also important.

Our Research centres are tightly focused and have a track record of international significance:

  • Transformative Change: Education and Life Transitions (TCELT)
  • Centre for Peer Learning

Masters degrees in research are usually completed in 1-2 years of full-time work or 2-4 years on a part time basis (MPhil and MSc). PhD degrees and Professional Doctorates usually take three years of full-time work or up to four years part-time.

More information on our Professional Doctorates can be found on the webpages below:

Propose your own PhD topic

If you want to propose your PhD topic, you can use the contact details below to contact a staff member to discuss your proposal.

How to write your best postgraduate research proposal

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements


IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5

We also accept other English language qualifications

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

Education, social work, and community education PhD tuition fees

Academic year of entry Scottish/Rest of UK fee status International fee status
2024/25 £4,786
per year of study
per year of study

Tuition fee per year of study (subject to a 3% annual increase for Scottish/Rest of UK students and a 5% annual increase for International students).

Part time study, where available, is charged on a pro-rata basis.

Scottish/Rest of UK fee status annual increase

Each year, UKRI sets a recommended fee and stipend level for Scottish/Rest of UK students, which we use as the basis for fees charged to this group.

UKRI usually increases its fee and stipend levels in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. 

Therefore, the Scottish/Rest of UK fees detailed in this table for 2025/26 (and beyond) can only be estimated according to the typical increase. 

The fee charged to you may differ, though only slightly, from the figure given.

Apply for a research degree

You can apply for a PhD or other postgraduate research degree using our Direct Application System.

We have three start dates per academic year.

PhD Education

3 years full time

PhD Education (part time)

5 years part time


PhD Community Education

3 years full time

PhD Community Education (part time)

5 years part time

PhD Social Work

3 years full time

PhD Social Work (part time)

5 years part time

Education, Social Work and Community Education (non-graduating) (research)

The University of Dundee welcomes applications from disabled students.