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)

AdvanceHE (previously 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.

We conduct PRES every other year and in the most recent 2019 survey we scored 85% student satisfaction, placing us fourteenth out of 103 institutions across the UK – we were also rated number 1 for satisfaction in STEM disciplines. The survey focuses on areas including supervision, resources, skills and professional development.

Read the full Higher Education Academy report on PRES 2019 (opens in new window)

Read the UHI privacy notice - PRES