Types of Research Degree Types of Research Degree

We welcome applications for research degrees at three levels:

  • Masters of Science (MSc) by Research
  • MPhil
  • PhD

All research students in the Faculty of Science undertake a specially developed skills training programme, designed to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary skills and methodological knowledge to undertake original research and progress to a future career.

MSc by Research

Supervised research degree awarded on the basis of a thesis and oral examination and can be studied full time or part-time. MSc by Research students are registered for 1 year full time or 2 years part time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a maximum 40,000 word thesis and oral examination.


MPhil students are registered for 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The degree is awarded on the basis of a maximum 65,000 word thesis and oral examination.


PhD students are registered for 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. Assessment is based on the production of a thesis of a maximum 100,000 words and oral examination.

More information

To apply for a specific research project within the Faculty please view a full list of available research opportunities in the Faculty of Science and follow the instructions for applying to that project. More general information on the research themes available to supervised can be found here. The PGR Directors and individual academics in each School of study also welcome research enquiries and you can find their contact details from the relevant School web-pages. If you wish to be considered for study in an area of research where no project is listed, then please submit your application for consideration by the relevant School of study via our online application system. Your application is much more likely to be successful if you discuss your project with a potential supervisor before applying.

For general enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Research Service (tel. +44 (0)1603 591709 or e-mail