Research students

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries about postgraduate research at UCLan, please read our Frequently Asked Questions below. You may also like to download our Postgraduate Research Degrees brochure here.

How much studying do I need to do?

The average hours per week you will be studying are:

  • Full-time research student 36 hours per week
  • Part-time research student 18 hours per week

In order to complete your research degree on schedule, you need to study for 44 weeks per year.

Where will I live?

Accepted applicants will receive information regarding accommodation with their offer letter.

Please note full time on campus students are expected to live within daily travelling distance of the University.

Can I work while I study?

Although we understand the financial pressures that students are under in the current climate, you are strongly advised not to take on any additional work unless you can be sure that your research work will not suffer. Full-time students are advised not to take on more than one day’s work per week.

International students must ensure that they adhere to their visa conditions.

Can I gain some teaching experience?

At various times in the year it may be possible for you to be given the opportunity to gain some teaching and demonstrating experience. If you do not hold an appropriate qualification you will need to undertake training prior to teaching or demonstrating.

What will I do when I graduate?

Doctoral graduates continue to be highly employable across the economy in a wide range of occupations both within and outside the higher education section. They fulfil very diverse roles using either their specialist knowledge or high level skills, or both.

Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff. Their website provides information on the first destinations of UK doctoral graduates by subject as well as by broad discipline areas.