PhD Studentships available in 2024

The Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre is based in the Department of Computer Science and Technology (CST) at the University of Cambridge. The Centre is a joint initiative between the University and the Raspberry Pi Foundation (RPF) and offers an exciting opportunity to combine expertise from across both institutions to deliver a step-change in computing education. The aim of the Centre is to increase our understanding of teaching and learning computing, computer science, and associated subjects, with a particular focus on young people who are from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in the field of computing or who experience educational disadvantage.

We are now accepting applications from students wishing to complete a Ph.D. in one of the following related areas:

    • AI, machine learning and data science education, with a focus on increasing our understanding of the way young people learn about AI;

    • Programming education, with or without AI – including pedagogical approaches that build on PRIMM and the use of dialogue in programming education, and the use of physical computing devices such as the Micro:bit;

    • Computing curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment in schools and non-formal education, including broadening participation.

You would be based in the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre, within the Department of Computer Science and Technology (CST). You will have the opportunity to work with researchers from both CST and RPF, thus benefiting from discussion, insights, and feedback from both academia and the non-profit sector.  If you are unfamiliar with computing education research, this page of FAQs is useful.

What is included?

Up to two Raspberry Pi Foundation PhD Studentships in Computing Education are available for students with an interest in computing education research who wish to commence their studies in October 2024. Studentships include home fees and a stipend; international applicants should be aware that they will need to find additional funding to bridge the difference.


You will need a degree in computer science or equivalent and preferably a Masters’ degree in CS or Education (and preferably with Distinction). You should preferably have some experience in either school education or educational research.

How do I apply?

To apply, please follow the guidance here. You will need to write a proposal of no more than 3000 words describing your proposed research project. Applications should be submitted by 5 December 2023. If you are interested please contact Sue Sentance to discuss your proposal.