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Queen's University Belfast: Education

Institution Queen's University Belfast View institution profile
Department School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Study type Research


You’ll be part of a dynamic doctoral research environment and will study alongside students from over 25 different countries; we supervise students undertaking research in key educational areas including: education in divided societies; effective education; children’s rights in education; educational assessment and inclusion.

As part of a lively community of over 200 full-time and part-time research students you’ll have the opportunity to develop your research potential in a vibrant research community that prioritises the crossfertilisation of ideas and innovation in the advancement of knowledge.

Staff in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work publish world-class research which has local and global impact. Our funders and partners include research councils, government departments, the EU, the Council of Europe and large foundations. Our research informs the development of policies in many areas, including education, criminal justice, teaching and learning, the well-being of children, social cohesion and justice, mental health and trauma informed practice.

Students are encouraged to join one or more of eight research centres in the School. The Centre for Children’s Rights (CRC) The Centre for Shared Education (CSE) The Centre of Language Education Research (CLER) The Centre for Applied Behaviour Analysis (CABA) The Centre for Justice Studies (CJS) The Centre for Technological Innovations in Mental Health and Education (TIME) The Centre for Inclusion, Transformation and Equality (CITE) The Centre for Child, Youth and Family Welfare (CCYFW)

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD


Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, one of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland, it became an independent university in 1908 and is the ninth oldest university in the UK. Today, Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

Queen’s is ranked 24th in the UK for Research Power (REF 2021/ Times Higher Education) with over 88% of research submitted by Queen’s has been assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent Power (REF 2021/ Times Higher Education). Northern Ireland has been named the safest region in the UK (UK …

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