Research degrees

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We offer a variety of research degrees to suit your area of interest.

​​​​The University of Gloucestershire offers a variety of research degree programmes to cater for a range of postgraduate interests. As a research student, you’ll work on your topic of interest with the support of at least two supervisors who will provide subject and methodological expertise.

You’ll also join other students for a number of sessions such as learning about research methods, seminars and study groups, as well as sharing study spaces.

Why choose the University of Gloucestershire?

We’re proud of the excellent research conducted by university staff in our selected fields of expertise. In November last year, we submitted research in six areas for the national Research Excellence Framework exercise. In accordance with the university’s research strategy, we’re investing in six future priorities for research excellence, including new areas such as Applied Design for Business, and Retail, Marketing and Management.

We offer a range of postgraduate research opportunities across the university, allowing you to work on your individual research topic alongside experienced researchers and supervisors.

In addition to full training in research methods, the university also provides a training programme if you wish to pursue a teaching career in higher education. There are also opportunities for you to undertake paid part-time lecturing and tutorial work, if appropriate.

When can you start?

There are two start dates for research degrees: October and February. UK and EU students can study on either a full-time or part-time basis, or, where appropriate, away from the university. International students studying in the UK on a student visa are required to study on a full-time basis.

Accounting and Law

Masters by Research or PhD Accounting and Law (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a PhD or masters degree in accounting and law at our new business school and study topics such as commercial law, human rights and management accounting

Art and Design

Art (MA by Research / MRES / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in art. Study a range of art disciplines such as fine art, design and photography.

Design (MA by Research / MRES / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in design. Study a range of design disciplines such as fine art, landscape architecture, design and photography.

Doctorate in Design (DDes)

Full-Time / Part-Time

The Doctorate in Design allows to immerse yourself in the research and development work that will take your design career in new directions. Explore your own real-life projects or join in research community projects through industry standard briefs.

Photography (MA by Research / MRES / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in photography. We encourage research into context of production and siting, to extend existing literature and practices, and show that the research makes an original contribution to knowledge.

Biological Sciences

Masters by Research or PhD Biological Sciences (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in biological sciences. Study areas including ecology and environment, public engagement, microbiology, pedagogy and citizen science

Business and Management

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Become a doctor of business administration at our new business school and address topics including leadership, consumer behaviour and management accounting

Masters by Research or PhD Business and Management (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters or PhD in business and management at our new business school and contribute to the advancement of your profession through in-depth research

Computing and IT

Masters by Research or PhD Computing and IT (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters or PhD in computing and IT and conduct your own piece of unique research. Topics include software development, e-business and app development

Countryside and Community

Masters by Research or PhD Countryside and Community (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in countryside and community from supervisors with expertise in countryside policy and planning in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in creative writing. Gain research across all the major genres and mixed genre writing, offering an extensive supervision experience in contemporary writing.

Education

Children’s Play (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree in children's play and engage in research that is both cutting edge and creative.

Doctorate of Education (EdD)

Part-Time

The Doctorate of Education (EdD) attracts a diverse range of educational professionals. Students work across a range of education sectors, including higher education, local authorities, schools and colleges, and early years settings.

Masters by Research or PhD Education (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters degree or PhD in education. Research projects can include primary or secondary school learning, teacher training, and support work.

English

Masters by Research or PhD English (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in English. Research opportunities in English language and English literature are available for either full-time or part-time study.

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Masters by Research or PhD Geography and Environmental Sciences (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Geography and Environmental Sciences and undertake research in climate change, urban issues, globalisation and much more.

Health

Masters by Research or PhD Health (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters degree or PhD in Health and research topics including palliative care, management, education and social care.

History

History (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters degree or PhD in History and specialise your research in subjects such as British, world, gender or women's history.

Leisure

PhD Leisure and Tourism (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Join one of the highest rated providers of higher education leisure qualifications in the UK.

Master of Research (MRes)

Drama (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Postgraduate research in drama enables you to benefit from the expertise of research active staff with a wide range of knowledge in areas including: devising; writing for performance; acting; immersive and participatory theatre; theatrical adaptation.

Media, Film and Communication Studies

Film and Television (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree in film and television and boost your professional practice and develop high-level skills and knowledge to progress your career.

Film Studies (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD in film studies and extend your critical and theoretical expertise of a specialist area of film and screen culture.

Music and Media (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a research degree in music and media. Research a topic of your choice or work on an extended creative project. Boost your professional practice and develop high-level skills and knowledge to progress your career.

Performing Arts (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Postgraduate study in Performing Arts covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on interdisciplinary work. Members of the Performing Arts team have a particular interest in practice as research.

Performing Arts and Play

Full-Time / Part-Time

Join the vibrant School of Liberal and Performing Arts and engage in postgraduate research that is both cutting edge and creative.

Philosophy and Ethics

Masters by Research or PhD Philosophy and Ethics (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters degree or PhD in Philosophy and Ethics and research topics such as continental, Buddhist or Islamic philosophy, religion or ethics.

Psychological Sciences

Psychology Sciences (MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in psychological sciences. Contribute to knowledge in the sector and improve yours and others' professional practice.

Social Sciences

Masters by Research or PhD Social Sciences (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Conduct your own piece of research in social sciences. Contribute to knowledge in the sector. Improve yours and others' professional practice.

Sport and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (MSc by Research/ MRes/ PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in applied sport and exercise sciences. Research sports performance, people, policy and practice. Contribute to the university's research priority area of Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing.

Dance (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

The School has a well-established research reputation, and has developed links and partnerships with arts organisations, professional dance companies, dance practitioners and publishing houses in the UK and Internationally.

Masters by Research or PhD Sport and Exercise (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Conduct your own unique research project with the support of supervisors with expertise in your subject specialism.

Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise (Postgraduate Research)

Part-Time

Undertake postgraduate research study in sport and exercise and advance your professional knowledge and skills at doctoral level with the University's Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise.

Sport Leadership, Education and Society (MA or MSc by Research/ MRes/ PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in sport leadership, education and society. Research sports performance, people, policy and practice. Contribute to the university's research priority area; Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing

Theology and Religious Studies

Masters by Research or PhD Theology and Religious Studies (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Complete a survey of existing knowledge in your specialist area in biblical studies, religious studies or theology.

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