Why research at UHI?


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Postgraduate research with us

A research degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands gives you an exciting and rewarding opportunity to explore a topic in real depth in order to make new contributions to knowledge. When you study for a research degree with us, in your specialist field of research, you will be based in one of our campuses which offer unparalleled natural laboratories, environmental opportunities to support world-class research.

You will work independently under the guidance of a Director of Studies and a small supervisory team with relevant academic expertise. You will also be allocated a Third Party Monitor; an active researcher who will be available to offer pastoral support and guidance.

You will have regular meetings with your supervisory team throughout your studies and, at intervals during your degree, you will be expected to demonstrate that your research and writing are progressing and any concerns are addressed in a timely fashion (if you have a sponsor, such as one of the UK Research Councils or an overseas government, this is also an assurance that they will expect). You will also have access to a wide range of training and development opportunities to support your studies.

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) content

Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)

The Higher Education Academy runs PRES, which is the only UK, sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience, and we conduct Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) every other year.

In the 2017 survey, the University of the Highlands and Islands scored 89% student satisfaction rating relating to their experience on their research degree programme. This score is 7% above the Scottish and UK sector average and represents one of the best scores in the UK.

Read the full Higher Education Academy report on PRES 2017 (opens in new window)

Read the UHI privacy notice - PRES