University of Warwick

Degree level: Postgraduate

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (Research)

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Course summary

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The PhD in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning allows you to undertake an in-depth analysis and research of adult education and lifelong learning. Warwick's Centre for Lifelong Learning provides a rich, transdisciplinary academic environment with a dedicated personal tutor. This PhD provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research in the field of adult education and lifelong learning. In recent years, as societies have undergone social, political and economic changes, adult education and lifelong learning has become an important aspect of the education sector. Adult education and lifelong learning encompasses a wide range of learning situations from informal through to formal education. Research in this area can include:

  • learning in community and adult education, further and higher education as well as informal learning in the family or community
  • popular and radical adult education
  • issues of class, gender, ethnicity, age and disability
  • access to education and learning experiences, retention and drop-out
  • transitions and learner identity and issues of agency and structure
  • transformative learning
  • motivations to learning
The above is not an exclusive list of research areas and you are free to propose additional topics or themes.

Course details


Areas for PhD supervision include: Education (with a focus on Adult Education in FE/HE and Early Years settings); Lifelong Learning, Teaching and Training; Theoretical Enquiry: Career Development; Class; Coaching; Counselling; Employability and Childhood; Ethnicity; Gender; Inequality; Social Justice.

Entry requirements

Normally a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Please check the University of Warwick website for the most up-to-date information.

Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

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Adult Education and Lifelong Learning at University of Warwick - UCAS