Postgraduate research opportunities
The University offers postgraduate research programmes at both master’s and doctoral (PhD) level:
Master’s level research programmes:
- MA by Research / MSc by Research / LLM by Research: Typically one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.
- MPhil: Typically two years full-time, four to five years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 60,000 words. In some cases, there may be opportunities for you to upgrade to PhD during your studies.
- MRes: Typically one-year full-time, consisting of one-third taught modules plus a substantial research project. Available in science and engineering disciplines, the aim of the MRes is to provide relevant training to acquire the knowledge, techniques and understanding needed for a professional career or for progression to higher academic studies.
Doctoral research programmes:
- PhD: Typically three years full-time, six to seven years part-time. You will undertake supervised research either independently or as member of a team. Assessment is by means of a thesis of 100,000 words which must demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research and should represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject.
- EngD: The Engineering Doctorate aims to prepare engineering students for research careers in industry and is fully supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This four-year scheme consists of one year of taught modules followed by an industry-linked research project.
- MD: In addition to the PhD, the Medical School offers the postgraduate degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) through supervised research within individual research groups. This programme is two years full-time, four to five years part-time.
- DProf: Typically four years full-time, six years part-time, a Professional Doctorate is a research degree structured around a particular area of professional practice. You will follow a programme of directed study, including periods of approved professional/industrial practice and training, together with a programme of research. Assessment includes a thesis of up to 80,000 words.