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Research of national and international excellence is at the heart of academic life at the University of Central Lancashire. UCLan has an established research reputation in a wide range of academic disciplines. You should expect a research degree at UCLan to challenge you. Not only will you undertake an in-depth study in your chosen research topic but you will also develop other transferable skills much sought after by employers. On completion of your research degree you should be in a very strong position for pursuing your chosen career.

Which research topic?

What research degrees are available? 

At UCLan we offer the following postgraduate research degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD [Res])
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Master of Surgery (MCh)
  • MA (by Research)
  • MSc (by Research)
  • LLM (by Research)
  • PhD (by Published Work) is available to graduates and staff of the University
  • Professional Doctorates are available in the fields of Creative Arts, Education, Health, Elite Performance 

Which research topic?

Research degrees places can only be provided for topics which lie in one of the research areas listed as a research subjects available at UCLan. The list of research subject can be viewed through the Research Themes selection facility on this page.

See the application procedure for more information

What you need to know: 

Undertaking a research degree is a substantial commitment. Here are some points for you to note:

  • You are expected to attend regularly to study, for supervision, training and research symposia.
  • Your subject area and study mode will determine the amount of time you need to spend studying on campus.
  • Normally you are expected to be resident in the UK and within daily travelling distance of the University
  • Some programmes will include periods of fieldwork away from the University either in the UK or abroad.

Student Application Procedure: Home/EU Applicants

Stage 1: When to Apply?

New research students start on the following dates: 

  • 1 October
  • 1 January
  • 1 April 
  • 1 July

Application forms are accepted throughout the year and you should indicate your preferred start date on the form. However, there are admission deadlines for each entry point set by the Research Student Registry. View Admission deadlines (.pdf 186KB).

For studentship applications please see - 

http://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/study/studentships.php

Stage 2: Before Applying

Subject Area

Available research areas can be viewed online. If you are submitting your own proposal for a research project we suggest that you contact the School’s Research Degrees Tutor to discuss your topic before applying.

Research Degree Tutors

View contact details for Research Degree Tutors (.pdf 99KB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for research students can be found in the section below.

For all other research degrees please contact the Research Student Registry.

Tuition Fees

View tuition fees for Home/EU research students.

Funding

If you are fully or partially funding yourself you should ensure that you have sufficient monies for tuition fees, any bench fee and living expenses for the duration of your research degree programme. You should make enquiries about funding opportunities before applying and secure the funding you need before accepting and taking up your research degree place.

If you are unable to self-fund your studies you may be able to obtain funding elsewhere. However, funding opportunities for research degrees are very competitive. To be successful you normally need to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

Stage 3: General Applications

When studentships for postgraduate research degree programmes become available they are advertised on the University’s studentship webpage. There will be a link to all the forms you need to use.

Studentship places are awarded following the short listing of applications and interviews.

For general applications 

If you are submitting your own research proposal will need these forms: 

For paper copies contact:

Submitting Your Application

Please ensure that you include the following documentation when submitting your application:

  • The application form
  • A research proposal
  • Copies of your first degree/master’s degree qualification certificates and transcripts, with certified translations where applicable.
  • If you are waiting for your award please advise when it will be conferred.
  • Where English is not your first language, evidence is required of your English language qualification at IELTS 6.5/7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-score or an equivalent, acceptable qualification. (IELTS 7.0 is required in dentistry, health, international studies, medicine, and languages subjects). The IELTS certificate must be dated to within 2 years of your intended programme start date.
  • Two academic references. (You must send you reference forms to your academic referees. These may be submitted separately. The completed references should be forwarded to the address on the reference form.)
Please submit your application via:

Student Application Procedure: International Applicants

Stage 1: When to Apply?

New research students start on the following dates: 1 October, 1 January, 1 April or on 1 July. Application forms are accepted throughout the year and you should indicate your preferred start date on the form. However, there are admission deadlines for each entry point set by Research Student Registry. View admission deadlines (.PDF, 186KB). You need to take in to consideration the time needed in your home country to obtain a visa. Additional time will be needed if you need ATAS Clearance for your subject.

Applications for studentships will have separate deadlines. Interested applicants should check the advert for the details.

Stage 2: Before Applying

Subject Area
Available research areas can be viewed online. If you are submitting your own proposal for a research project we suggest that you contact the School’s Research Degree Tutor to discuss your topic before applying.

Research Degree Tutors
View contact details for our Research Degree Tutors.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements can be found in the entry requirements section on this page.

Tuition Fees
View international tuition fees.

Funding
You should ensure that you have sufficient funding for tuition fees, any bench fee and living expenses for the duration of your research degree programme. You should make enquiries about funding opportunities at an early stage, approximately 12-18 months before you intend to commence studying and secure the funding you need before accepting and taking up your research degree place.

If you are unable to self-fund your study you may be able to obtain funding elsewhere. However, funding opportunities for international students are very competitive. To be successful you normally need to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

Stage 3: How to Apply?

 

3.1 Studentship applications
When studentships for postgraduate research degree programmes become available they are advertised on the University’s studentship webpage. There will be a link to all the forms you need to use. 

Studentships are made following short listing and interviews.

3.2 For general applications
If you are submitting your own research proposal you need these forms:

For paper copies contact:

Submitting Your Application

It is important to enclose all requested information so the University can make a decision on your application. We reserve the right to request sight of original certificates or further information.

  • The application form
  • A research proposal 
  • Copies of your first degree/master’s degree qualification certificates and transcripts with certified translations where applicable.
  • If you are waiting for your award please advise when it will be conferred.
  • A copy of your current passport and current visa, if applicable.
  • Where English is not your first language, evidence is required of your English language qualification at IELTS 6.5/7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-score or an equivalent, acceptable qualification. (IELTS 7.0 is required in dentistry, health, international studies, medicine, and languages subjects). The IELTS certificate must be dated to within 2 years of your intended programme start date.
  • Two academic references (You must send you reference forms to your academic referees. These may be submitted separately. The completed references should be forwarded to the address on the reference form.)

Entry requirements

MPhil or PhD

A recognised UK first degree, second class honours or above; or a UK Master’s degree or equivalent qualification. PhD studentships normally require at least an upper second class honours first degree.

MD (Res)

A registrable medical degree awarded by a UK university held for at least three years and:

  • have held a research or teaching appointment; or
  • have been engaged in practice of medicine or surgery; and
  • have been registered with the General Medical Council of the UK.

MA/ MSc/LLM (by Research)

A recognised UK first degree, second class honours or above or equivalent qualification.

PhD (by Published Work)

A recognised first degree and be a graduate of UCLan or a member of staff at the University or a partner institution.

Non-standard entry qualifications

If you hold qualifications other than those specified they will be considered on their merits. You will be required to demonstrate equivalence to the entry requirements either through presentation of a portfolio of work otherwise you may need to take another course prior to applying for research degree.

English Language qualification for all Awards

Where English is not your first language an English language qualification is required at IELTS 6.5/7.0 or equivalent, acceptable qualification.