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PhD opportunities

We have a thriving PhD programme with over 80 students, all supported by a supervisory team of active researchers in the student’s subject area. We have students studying for PhDs in areas such as applied science, theology, sport, health, arts and humanities, social sciences, business and education.

In addition, a number of our students are working in important cross-disciplinary fields such as the relationship between theology and public policy and the provision of health services in prisons. St Mary’s also has a professional doctorate programme in education.

Current opportunities

Postdoctoral researcher: Education

The role of the post-holder will be to contribute to the work of the Centre. This will include undertaking and publishing research of the highest quality, assisting with applications for research grants/funding, building and managing relationships with external partners and public engagement. The position will also involve some teaching and supervision of students.

It is expected that the post-holder will have (or be close to completing) a PhD in a subject related to the education of children and young adults in developing countries and/or societies affected by conflict. Conversely, the successful candidate may have undertaken research in this field following the completion of their PhD.

This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate, dynamic and highly-motivated individual to have input into the foundations of a new research centre and to gain a variety of professional experiences.

Application deadline: Monday 7th January 2019

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Facilities and development

All students have dedicated study facilities. A Researcher Development Programme is provided for all students and, in the second year, there is a Career Development Programme which also provides students with the opportunity to engage with our experts in residence.

The development programmes are compulsory for full-time students. Part-time students have their needs assessed by their supervisors, but are free to attend all sessions.

All students, on the recommendation of their academic faculty/institute, will have the opportunity to train for and apply to be an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Your academic and other needs are overseen by Professor Philip Booth, Director of Research and Public Engagement and Claire Tapia, Head of the Research Office.

Requirements and application

Information about  entry requirements and  how to apply is available within this section. If at any time in your application process you have any queries, please contact