Applications are welcomed from students interested in pursuing either a full-time or part-time higher degree by research (Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) awards). These awards are assessed on the basis of a thesis reporting individual research.
In some subjects (e.g. Fine Art or Performing Arts) it may be possible to undertake a 'practice-based' MPhil or PhD, which involves the production of a body of work with a shorter thesis setting the work within an academic context.
Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.
To assist you, we offer access to expert supervision, modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities. There are currently around 400 postgraduate research students, based in Departments and research centres across the University.
Length of Study
The time it takes to complete your research can vary:
- MPhil, full time, should take no less than one calendar year, but normally two years. You must submit within four years
- MPhil, part time, should take no less than two calendar years (time spent during this should be equivalent to no less than one year full-time). You must submit within six years
- PhD, full time, should take no less than two calendar years, but normally three years. You must submit within four years
- PhD, part time, should take no less than four calendar years (time spent during this should be equivalent to no less than two years-full time). You must submit within seven years
- DProf, part time, should take no less than four calendar years. You must submit within seven years. More information on Professional Doctorates
- MRes, full time should take no less than one calendar year. You must submit within two years. Part time should take no less than two years. You must submit within 6 years. More information on Master by Research
A full-time student is expected to devote the whole of his/her time to research, and can undertake other work for no more than fifteen hours per week subject to the discretion of the Head of Department.
Research Degrees are assessed on the basis of a thesis reporting individual research, and involve a substantial research training component. Your thesis should be as concise as possible, with an absolute upper limit of 60,000 words for MPhil and 100,000 words for PhD, including footnotes and appendices.
Availability of Funded Places
Available vacancies for funded Research Student opportunities will be posted on the Jobs section of this website.
Please note that as departmental funding is not currently available, applicants will be expected to be self-funding, unless applying for a specific scholarship.
Current postgraduate students are based in (but not restricted to) the subject areas or departments of:
- Art and Design
- Biological Sciences
- Business and Management (recruiting for October 2017)
- Clinical Sciences and Nutrition
- Education and Children's Services
- Geography and International Development
- Health and Social Care
- History and Archaeology
- Modern Languages
- Performing Arts
- Science and Engineering
- Social and Political Science
- Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Theology and Religious Studies
Although research may be conducted within any of the University's academic departments, we also maintain a number of distinctive specialist research centres to support and enhance your study options.
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