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Types of research degree

  • Masters level research degrees

    This research degree is suitable for those who would like to take a masters degree either as preparation to studying at PhD level or to gain subject-specific research skills for professional development. We currently offer this in English, history and law.

  • MPhil

    You will critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methods and present and defend a thesis by oral examination. 

    • 2 years full time
    • 3 years part time
  • PhD

    Candidates will critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methods and present and defend a thesis by oral examination. To be awarded a PhD you must make an independent and original contribution to knowledge.

    • 3 years full-time
    • 5 years part-time
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

    This research-based doctorate is ideal for those people who are enthusiastic about learning and want to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in their specialism. Studying for a business doctorate allows you to develop evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent to a PhD, whilst continuing to pursue a career as a senior professional or manager.

    • 4-6 years
  • Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)

    This course is designed for professionals who want to further develop their knowledge and practice. We support you to conduct advanced-level research in education, making an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area. You deepen your understanding of education policy and practice, and produce a thesis which can help advance both your career and the field of education itself.

    • 4 years

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