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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

The Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults

Application deadline: 1st September 2018

The Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults is currently offering a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship to a promising scholar from a developing country and/or society affected by conflict in the Global South. 

The successful candidate will be linked with the work of the centre and will work on research related to the education of marginalised children and young adults within their home country. 
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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