PhD and Master’s by Research degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is a high level, globally-recognised qualification, rooted in original research and is rigorous and demanding. Most students are passionate about their area of interest and pursue a PhD as a result of their academic curiosity and desire for research excellence.

A PhD will typically take three to four years of full-time study, or five to six years of part-time study.

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Research Master’s degrees (MRes)

An MRes will enable you to undertake an in-depth independent research project and develop an understanding of research study at an advanced academic level. The research and study experience is similar to a PhD and whilst a research Master’s is a postgraduate qualification in its own right, it can prove to be a good precursor for studying at PhD level, if that is a future goal.

A research Master’s will typically take one year of full-time study, or two years part-time study.

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For both PhD and MRes tuition fees please see our fees and funding page.