Postgraduate research

Study a research degree with us and you’ll join a vibrant and world-class research environment. Enjoy access to outstanding facilities and comprehensive support from our experienced academics.

Explore our research courses

A PhD will allow you to study your chosen research topic in-depth. You'll build on your existing knowledge and develop valuable transferable skills.

We're here to support you during your studies. You’ll receive regular supervision and training to help you succeed in your independent study. In some cases, you can undertake periods of fieldwork in the UK or overseas.

We offer alternative start dates for your research degree, starting in September, January or March.

What's the right research degree for you?

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Types of research degrees

We offer a range of postgraduate research options to suit researchers at all levels. Read our guide to postgraduate research degrees and choose the research degree that's right for you.

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PhD student Elisa tells us about her experience as a research student

Alumni Loyalty Discount

If you're a UK student with a previous award from us you may be eligible to receive 20% tuition fee discount.

Research degree tutors

Before you apply or submit your own proposal it’s a good idea to explore your ideas with one of our research degree tutors. Email us and we'll put you in contact with the relevant tutor. Or email one of the research degree tutors directly, using the details below.

Research and Knowledge Exchange institutes

Discover our range of University research areas to tailor your degree towards. Our Research and Knowledge Exchange institutes enhance the quality of our research environment and create more opportunities to achieve world-leading impact through their activities.

Discover our Research and Knowledge Exchange Institutes

How to apply

Research of national and international excellence is at the heart of academic life at the University of Central Lancashire. On completion of your research degree you should be in a very strong position for pursuing your chosen career. If you're ready to start your research degree, you'll find details of the application process on the next few pages.

Application guidance

Fees, costs and funding

It is important that you know how you are going to fund your studies for the duration of your research degree, and ensure you have the resources to pay all your fees, costs associated with your research programme and your living expenses. 

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Most studentship funding is for PhD places. Schemes vary and may provide either full cover or partial funding for tuition fees, and some may also include a maintenance grant. Please check individual awards for eligibility.

Current research students are not eligible to apply for our research studentships.

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Student stories

Hear from our PhD students

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I never expected my MRes to open so many prospects for me, from the networks I have built, the skills I have obtained and the opportunities that allowed me to try new things.
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Forensic Anthropology, MRes
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Postgraduate research student profiles

Showcasing a breadth of current research projects from our postgraduate students.