Professional and digital learning

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD or Professional doctorate PhD:
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
October November to January
PhD or Professional doctorate
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
Start dates
Application period
November to January

The Professional and Digital Learning theme addresses critical global challenges. We work with partners in multinational companies, professional bodies, academic institutions, and civil society organisations to coordinate responses to improve the ways people and organisations learn.

In an era of political, social and economic uncertainty, the ways people and organisations work and learn are changing fast. Learning for work is critical for innovation and sits at the top of political agendas in most nations. Yet, most countries and organisations are struggling to improve learning as work transforms. Research is conducted in sectors including Energy, Health, Finance, Policing, Education and International Development. It is focused towards specific challenges and can provide solutions by unpacking complex problems, informing how to achieve key targets and how to measure progress. Projects can develop outcomes such as insights into knowledge mobilisation or self-regulated learning, approaches to knowledge sharing, and tools to measure and improve learning.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an MA or research methods training at MA level (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential supervisors

Contact the programme lead to advise: Professor Anne Adams

Fees and funding

PhD fees

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Professional doctorate fees

UK fee International fee
Part time: £3,643 per year Part time: £9,250 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership and the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Prof Bart Rienties, PGR Convenor in Technology Enhanced Learning 
Phone: +44 (0)1908 832671

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.