Studentship in Education

University of Southampton Southampton Education School

United Kingdom

ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - What Really Happens in Secondary School Teaching: An International Comparison Using Data from the 2012, 2015 and 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2115

What really happens in secondary school teaching: an international comparison using data from the 2012, 2015 and 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2021/22 Academic Year.

In this project you will use data from the three Programmes for International Student Assessments (PISA) to compare teaching practices, school learning environments, resources invested in education, and affective student characteristics from more than 50 countries. You will use advanced quantitative methods that will consider the hierarchical nature of the data (data from students in schools in countries) and the complex sampling design of the data. The results will give an insight into global differences in international schooling that will feed into recommendations for future teaching and learning strategies.  

Supervisory Team:

1st Dr Christian Bokhove, Southampton Education School, 2nd Prof Tony Kelly, Southampton Education School, 

Skills Required

The student should be able to manage secondary datasets, show evidence of prior achievement in quantitative data analysis, and have an interest in international large-scale assessments (ILSAs).  


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website ().

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at ).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th January 2021.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: 

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us 

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