Postgraduate research opportunities

The Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) aims to make an impact – and one way we can do this is through helping to develop the pool of trained researchers and policy analysts in education. We particularly focus on developing research skills that are sensitive to a diverse and inclusive society, and on supporting education for social justice.

IPSE has a lively research culture, which includes running a public seminar series that attracts a wide number of participants from across the academic, practitioner and policy sectors, organising events such as the Happy Talk conference in collaboration with other organisations and running a regular reading group for staff and students. All postgraduate students are encouraged to take part. In addition to formal teaching and supervision sessions, EdD and PhD students are encouraged to attend the Research Student Seminars, the newly reconstituted IPSE Reading Group (for staff and students) and other relevant seminars held here at London Met and at other universities.

You can read a full list of current postgraduate students' topics and completed PhD/EdD theses here.

We welcome enquiries from potential research students and from those wishing to develop bespoke training courses in educational research.

The various possibilities of studying with IPSE can be found below:

PhD and MPhil

We have a number of PhD and MPhil students. We provide supervision to these research students, who are working towards a substantial thesis on a subject of their own choosing. Find out more about our PhD and MPhil degrees on our course page.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This innovative, part-time programme is aimed at busy professionals who want to undertake a substantial investigation into an area of current professional practice in education. Read more about our Doctor of Education on our course page.

Training courses

We have developed short tailor-made packages in research and analysis for particular groups of professionals, most recently, a short course for teacher recruitment managers in some London local education authorities (LEAs), on the handling and understanding of teacher recruitment and retention statistics. If you would like to discuss your needs with us, we will be happy to meet with you. Please contact Professor Jeff Haynes at or 020 71333 5080.

Postgraduate courses