About Research in Education

Our education research is judged as world leading making a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.


The work of the School of Education at Ulster has always been underpinned by research and scholarship. Education at Ulster has an established tradition of collaborative and innovative research and impact, reflecting Ulster University’s mission in relation to a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement and making a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.

In the most recent REF (Research Excellence Framework) evaluation, in  2014, fifty six percent of research output was world leading and internationally excellent.

The Impact of Ulster's Education research was judged to be 100% world leading and internationally excellent, in the top 6%, for the UK.  In the period 2008-13 over two and a half million pounds of research income was secured.

The internationally recognised UNESCO Centre, founded in 2001 ,is home to the longest continually operating UNESCO Chair in the United Kingdom (Prof Smith).

PhD scholarships

Full time PhD scholarships are advertised in December each year via the Ulster Doctoral College and applications for part time PhDs are welcome throughout the year.

Contact the Research Director, Prof Linda Clarke (lm.clarke@ulster.ac.uk) for more details.