Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)

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Doctor of Philosophy
Mode of delivery
On campus
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Educational Studies
Program Components
Faculty of Education

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The PhD in Educational Studies is a research-oriented doctoral program for students interested in any of the study areas offered in the department, such as adult and community education and social movements; citizenship and human rights; continuing professional education; cultural politics, critical multiculturalism and feminist studies; educational leadership and policy; epistemology (the study of knowledge and knowing), ethics, and political philosophy; equity in education (on the axes of race, disability, gender, class, and sexuality); indigenous education; international and comparative education; media, popular culture and representation or youth and children in schools, families, and communities.

Students are required to take two first-year doctoral seminars and a second-year doctoral seminar. All other courses in a student's program are determined in consultation with faculty. Students in the PhD program typically devote two years to coursework, and two to four years to developing and carrying out a research project designed to make an original contribution to knowledge in the study area.



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Career Outcomes

74 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 70 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):

RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (15)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (2)
Vancouver Island University (2)
Universite Laval
Calvin College
Brock University
University of Calgary
Whatcom Community College
Simon Fraser University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
BC School District (2)
World Vision International
Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community Society
Yukon Department of Education
Kootenay Boundary Community Services Cooperative
Ismali Tariqua and Regligious Education Board
Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group
St Paul's Hospital Foundation
Canadian eLearning Network
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Consultant (2)
Executive director (2)
Owner (2)
Director, Problematic Substance Use Prevention
Education Technical Lead, Integrated Programmes Department
VIce Principal
Consultant (Therapist)
Contract Researcher
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Alumni on Success

Kenneth Tupper

Job Title
Director, Problematic Substance Use Prevention
British Columbia Ministry of Health

Suzanne Scott

Job Title
Manager, Major Gifts
St. Paul's Foundation

Georgina Martin

Job Title
Instructor, Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities
Vancouver Island University

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$899.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations57867
Total enrolment5552495151

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 62% based on 37 students admitted between 2003 - 2006. Based on 23 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 3.83 years and the maximum time is 8.66 years with an average of 5.58 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - 1:00pm - Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, First Nations Longhouse 1985 West Mall

Dorothy Christian
Gathering Knowledge: Indigenous Methodologies of Land/Place-Based Visual Storytelling/Filmmaking & Visual Sovereignty

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 12:30pm - Room 202, Anthropology and Sociology Building ,6303 North West Marine Drive

Patrick Mdelwa Radebe
Afrocentric Education: What Does it Mean to Toronto's Black Parents?

Monday, 1 May 2017 - 9:00am - Multipurpose Room (#2012), Ponderosa Commons Oak House,6445 University Blvd

Kapil Dev Regmi
Lifelong Learning in Least Developed Countries: The Case of Nepal

Affiliated Faculty Members

  • Andres, Lesley (Equity, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, International comparative higher education, Life Course research, Lifelong learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education)
  • Archibald, Jo-Ann (Indigenous knowledge and Aboriginal health, oral tradition and storytelling, Indigenous teacher education, Aboriginal education and studies)
  • Butterwick, Shauna (Adult education, Gender studies, Policy, Social justice, Workplace learning)
  • Chan, Jennifer (transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies)
  • De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa (Education for/about international development, Social accountability in local and global engagements, Global Citizenship Education)
  • Ellis, Jason (History of education, Education policy, Politics of education, Special education, Disability, History of childhood and youth, Urban and suburban history, Canadian history, American history, Educational administration)
  • Frank, Blye (Boys’ and men’s sociology of health, Masculinities and schooling gender and schooling Sexualities and schooling professional development in education, Masculinity, sociology of boys)
  • Gleason, Mona (history of education, history of children and youth, critical youth studies, gender and sexuality)
  • Kelly, Deirdre (Children and youth, Gender studies, Media and democracy, Social justice, Sociology of Education)
  • Marker, Michael (First Nations’ education, First nations education)
  • Mazawi, Andre (Citizenship and democracy, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and organizations, Research methodologies, Sociology of Education)
  • Metcalfe, Amy (Gender studies, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, Policy, Research methodologies)
  • Poole, Wendy (Educational leadership and administration; Organizational change in education (reform of schooling); Teachers’ work; Teacher unions and teacher unionism; role of teacher unions in education, Leadership and organizations, Social justice, Teaching and Practice)
  • Roman, Leslie (Ethnography, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Sociology of Education)
  • Ruitenberg, Claudia (Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, Medical Education, Philosophy of education, Queer studies, Social justice)
  • Sork, Thomas Joda (Adult education, Lifelong learning, Teaching and Practice)
  • Stack, Michelle (media education for children, youth and educators, media and educational policy and politics, Children and youth, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, Leadership and organizations, Media and democracy, Policy, Social justice, ethnography)
  • Taylor, Alison (Political Economy in Education)


Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Jeong Ja Kang
    "Dr. Kang examined the lives of undergraduate exchange students between Canada and Korea through the lens of globalization, imagination, and space. She found that current exchange programs have reinforced contemporary social inequality. This study recommends creating more inclusive exchange programs by offering shared spaces between exchange and local students." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Rheanna Robinson
    "Dr. Robinson studied the integration of Indigenous knowledge at three Aboriginal post-secondary institutes in BC. Her research highlights the critical role of Elders in academia, the role of partnerships, and the resiliency of Aboriginal post-secondary institutes. This research will benefit Aboriginal education policy in Canada." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Maren Elfert
    "Dr. Elfert examined the origins, features and shifts of UNESCO's approach to education and lifelong learning between 1945-2015. Her study contributes not only to the understanding of the conceptual and intellectual history of lifelong learning, but more broadly to the changes in global educational cooperation over the past 70 years." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Sopheap Phan
    "To help Cambodia build a higher education system that matches its social needs and context, Dr. Phan did an analysis of international policy reforms and stakeholder interviews, to serve as an informed basis for future discussions. He suggested three policies Cambodia needs to change to improve relevance, affordability, sustainability, and quality." (November 2015)
  • Dr. James Bigari
    "Drawing on philosophy and moral psychology, Dr. Bigari explored the relationship between moral development and personal autonomy. He spoke to debates over these educational aims between liberals, communitarians, and fundamentalists. Dr. Bigari hopes this work will improve educational policies and practices in pluralist societies." (November 2015)

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