Research degrees

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We offer a variety of research degrees and excellent academic supervision ensuring you can progress your area of interest.

​​​​​Our postgraduate research degree offer caters for a range of study choices and subject interests. Our postgraduate research students benefit from joining subject communities that support them to further their interest in a topic, with the support of a supervision team who provide subject and methodological expertise.

In addition to training in research methods to prepare you for furthering your research interests, we support wider professional development, including pursuing a teaching career in higher education.

Why choose the University of Gloucestershire?

You will join a subject community that benefits from staff expertise and students with common interests and aspirations. We are investing in research through six priority areas aligned with global challenges and our existing areas of research excellence.

In addition to developing subject expertise and access to subject networks, we provide a postgraduate environment with a range of wider development opportunities available in accordance with your needs. We actively support you to identify your development needs, and connect you with the opportunities to address them through our wider Your Future Plan​ initiative.

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, Finance and Law

Accounting, Finance and Law (MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Accounting, Finance and Law. Research focus includes; enterprise and productivity human resources and leadership, financial management, as well as marketing and consumer behaviour.

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

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.

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

Art

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.

Business and Enterprise Management

Business and Entreprise Management (MA or MSc by Research/ MRes/ PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Business and Entreprise Management. Research focus includes; enterprise and productivity human resources and leadership, financial management, as well as marketing and consumer behaviour.

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

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

Communications and Journalism

Communications and Journalism (MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Communications and Journalism.

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 Computing

Creative Computing (MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in creative computing. Conduct your own piece of unique research on a range of topics including software development, e-business and app development.

Design

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.

Early Years and Education Studies

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Part-Time

The Doctor 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.

Early Years and Education (Research / MRes /PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in early years and education looking at different learning contexts from early years to higher education.

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technologies (MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in engineering technologies. Conduct your own piece of unique research on a range of topics including computing, software development, e-business and app development

Environmental 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

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.

Film and Television

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

Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Literary and Critical Studies

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.

English (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

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.

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.

Literary and Critical Studies

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD in Literary and Critical Studies and specialise your research in subjects of your choice.

Marketing, Events and Hospitality

Marketing, Events and Hospitality (MA or MSc by Research/MRes/PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Marketing, Events and Hospitality. Research focus includes; enterprise and productivity human resources and leadership, financial management, as well as marketing and consumer behaviour.

Music and Media

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

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD 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 and Play

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

Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Dance (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD in Dance. The university has developed links and partnerships with arts organisations, professional dance companies, dance practitioners and publishing houses in the UK and Internationally.

Drama (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD in drama. Benefit from the expertise of research active staff with a wide range of knowledge in areas including: devising; writing for performance; acting and theatre adaptation.

Performing Arts (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD in Performing Arts. We have expertise in a wide range of research approaches, including social, environmental and economic impact assessments, and surveying techniques.

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.

Photography

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.

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.

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

History (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Philosophy and Ethics (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD in Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies and specialise your research in your chosen subject.

Theology and Religious Studies (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree get a masters or PhD in Theology and Religious Studies. Research areas include: Biblical studies, Buddhist philosophy, contemporary Judaism, Islamic political philosophy, and gender and religion.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences (MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in social sciences. Research draws from the disciplines of sociology, criminology, human geography, demography, development studies, education, and psychology.

Social Work and Social Care

Allied Health Professions (MA or MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Allied Health Professions.

Nursing (MA or MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Nursing. Research topics including palliative care, management, education and social care.

Social Work and Social Care (MA or MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in Business and Social Work and Social Care.

Technical and Applied Computing

Technical and Applied Computing (MSc by Research / MRes / PhD)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate reseach degree and get a masters or PhD in technical and applied computing. Conduct your own piece of unique research on a range of topics including software development, e-business and app development

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