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Postgraduate research

Choose to study a research degree at the University of Central Lancashire and you’ll be joining a vibrant and world-class research environment, with access to outstanding facilities and comprehensive support from our experienced academics.

A PhD is a substantial commitment. Although you’ll receive regular supervision and training you will need to undertake significant independent study and, in some cases, periods of fieldwork in the UK or overseas. 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 highly valued by employers.

Choose the research degree that is right for you

Research Degree Tutors

Before you apply or if you wish to submit your own proposal for a research project, it’s a good idea to explore your ideas with one of our Research Degree Tutors. You can either email us at and we will introduce you to the most relevant colleague in your research area or email one of the School Research Degree Tutors directly, using the table below:

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Research themes

Discover our range of University research themes to tailor your degree towards. Our research fits under six broad themes, ranging from arts and culture to transformative science and technology.

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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.

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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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What to expect

Undertaking a research degree is a substantial commitment and before embarking on your studies, you should consider the below requirements:

  • 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

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Supporting your research journey

The Graduate Research School supports the postgraduate research environment and culture, delivering training, as well as hosting events and activities.

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