Research degree application process
The University of the Highlands and Islands does not yet have its own research degree awarding powers and, as such, we have an arrangement with the University of Aberdeen (UoA) to register for and receive their research degree awards.
Types of award
Students can register for 4 higher degrees by research:
- Master of Philosophy (usually known as an MPhil)
- Doctor of Philosophy (usually known as a PhD)
- MSc by Research
There are currentlythat have been validated to allow research students to be registered and awarded a research degree by the University of Aberdeen.
Initial application stage
Potential students can apply to do research at UHI in two ways:
- Studentships are available at some campuses and are advertised by the relevant partner. Potential students should apply for the subject area they are interested in.
- If you are interested in a research degree with the University of the Highlands and Islands, you should complete the online enquiries form or if you would prefer to speak to a member of the Graduate School please telephone: 01463 279241 or email Janis Mackay.
- Your query will be directed to the relevant contact within one of the validated areas or the Dean of Faculty of a subject area which is not currently validated.
- Please note that as UHI does not currently have its own funded studentships any speculative applications would be on a “self-funded” basis.
Potential students should ideally have:
- an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a relevant subject area OR
- a postgraduate master’s degree from a UK University in a relevant subject area.
Applicants who do not meet this minimum requirement may, exceptionally, be considered if it can be shown that their qualifications, professional experience and/or previous research publications have provided suitable preparation for postgraduate research in their chosen field. Applicants would need to provide the names of two referees who can comment on the applicant’s ability to undertake the proposed research.