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Research Degrees

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 and build on your existing knowledge of a subject, 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.

Opportunities are available in all our Schools to undertake supervised research at doctoral and masters level. Research degree programmes are available on either a full or part-time basis with the exception of the PhD (by Published Work), the Doctor of Medicine and the Master of Surgery, which can only be studied on a part-time basis. If you will be studying on a Tier 4 Visa then you will be required to study full-time.

Many research students define their own research project with guidance and support from an allocated supervisory team.

You can start your research degree on:

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

Research Degree Themes

Below is a list of research degrees themes on offer at UCLan. Postgraduate taught courses are also available.

We hope you will be able to find all the information you are looking for on our web pages. Alternatively, you can request an information pack by emailing researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk.

How long will my programme be?

Research degree programmes differ from other types of courses in that the end date depends on the student submitting a thesis and the outcome of the first examination. The timelines research are expected to follow for each award are below:

Full-time study

Award Expected timeframe for students to submit their the thesis for examination Maximum time allowed for submission of the thesis for examination Time for examination to be completed and the award to be conferred
MA/MSc/LLM (by Research) 12 months 24 months The timescales vary depending on the result of the examination. The minimum time is around 3 months. Most students average around 6 months.
MPhil 24 months 36 Months
PhD (via transfer from MPhil registration) 36 months 48 months
PhD Direct 24 months 36 months

Part-time study

Award Expected timeframe for students to submit their the thesis for examination Maximum time allowed for submission of the thesis for examination Time for examination to be completed and the award to be conferred
MA/MSc/LLM (by Research) 24 months 36 months The timescales vary depending on the result of the examination. The minimum time is around 3 months. Most students average around 6 months.
MPhil 48 months 60 months
PhD (via transfer from MPhil registration) 72 months 84 months
PhD Direct 48 months 60 months
MD (Res) and MCh (Res) 36 months 48 months
PhD (by Published Work) 12 months 24 months