The PhD in Education is provided by the Academy of Future Education (AoFE) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The programme will facilitate your research in educational studies and help you make a contribution to knowledge in education.

PhD students at AoFE will work with an experienced supervisory research team to explore a wide range of topics, including educational management and administration, child development and education, technologies in education, teaching and learning innovation, and pedagogies.

Pursuing a full-time PhD typically involves three years of conducting research and one year of writing a thesis, supported by subject-specific and general skills training and development. A full-time PhD student must submit their thesis within four years (or six years for part-time PhD students).

Why should I do my PhD in Education at XJTLU?

Key benefits of this PhD programme:

  • The PhD degree is awarded by the University of Liverpool in the UK. The degree is recognised by the UK Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education;
  • As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to six months. Your accommodation and travel costs will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool;
  • The programme enrols both full-time and part-time students;
  • Every PhD student will be supervised by a team of experts, with at least one supervisor from XJTLU and one supervisor from the University of Liverpool;
  • All PhD students studying at XJTLU are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistant positions to enhance their teaching skills and academic capacities; and
  • XJTLU has an internationalised campus and English-medium instruction.

Research areas

  • Life-long education and professional development
  • Child development and family education
  • Student-centered education and educational experiences
  • Managing and leading change toward future education
  • Technology-driven education innovation
  • Cooperative and work-integrated education

Applicants can have a discussion with their PhD supervisors to specify their research interests and decide on their topics.

Potential supervisors

Find out potential supervisors from Academy of Future Education.


Apply for a scholarship with your own project:

Each academic year includes two application rounds for PhD candidates’ proposed projects.

Application Rounds Application deadline Release of results
First Round 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October End of December
Second Round 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April Early July

The scholarship application is only open to the those applying for a full-time doctoral programme. For more information, please visit Postgraduate Research Scholarships page.

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