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School of Education & Sociology

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The School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC) offers a dynamic environment for the study and research of issues relating to childhood and education in its broadest sense, from aspects relating to (young) children’s learning and development, BME, gender, special needs, (cyber)bullying, mental health and wellbeing, to pedagogy and teaching and learning in post-16 and HE settings.

In addition to this, we are collaborating with Portsmouth City Council and local charities on projects to do with young careleavers, cyberbullying, mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, as well as social and emotional aspects in relation to learning in schools and early years settings.


  • Mental Health and Well-being in Childhood and Education
  • Childhood and International Development
  • Action Research in Teacher Education
  • Creative Pedagogies


We offer excellent postgraduate research supervision, as well as taught Master’s degrees including a significant research component. Our researchers can provide you with high-quality research supervision in areas such as teaching and learning processes, mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, children’s cultures, early years provision, special educational needs as well as leadership and management in education, and digital society and education,.

All our programmes are subject to regular and rigorous external assessment by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Student satisfaction has placed us near the top of the National Student Survey and our most recent Ofsted inspection rated the department ‘outstanding’.

We have strong links with the three research centres in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL), and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS). In addition to this, we have a link with the ‘Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing Research Group’ in the department of Psychology. We also work closely with approximately 100 local and regional primary and secondary schools and early years settings per year.

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Contact information

141 High Street
St. George's Building
United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 5204

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