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

Masters by Research or PhD Art and Design (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a PhD or masters degree in art and design - study a range of art and design disciplines such as fine art, landscape architecture, design and photography

Biological Sciences

Masters by Research or PhD Biological Sciences (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters or PhD in biological sciences and 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

Get a masters degree or PhD in countryside and community from supervisors with expertise in countryside policy and planning in the UK, Europe and worldwide

Creative Writing

Masters by Research or PhD Creative Writing (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters degree or PhD in creative writing. Topics include poetry, novel and short story writing and screenwriting.

Education

Doctor of Education

Part-Time

Become a doctor of education and study themes including leadership, inclusion, sustainability and inclusion at a range of schools, colleges and universities

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

Get a masters degree or PhD in English Language or Literature. Develop your research in our libraries and university archives.

Geography and Environmental Sciences

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

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters degree 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

Masters by Research or PhD History (Postgraduate)

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.

Media, Film and Communication Studies

Masters by Research or PhD Media, Film and Communication Studies (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Get a masters degree or PhD in Media, Film and Communication Studies and research subjects including film, animation, TV, radio, music, news and journalism.

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

PhD or MSc By Research Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Full-Time / Part-Time

Conduct your own piece of research in psychological sciences. Contribute to knowledge in the sector. 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

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 in-depth research and advance your professional knowledge and skills at doctoral level

Sustainability

Masters by Research or PhD Sustainability (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Contribute to change for sustainability as part of a research community known internationally for its cutting edge and significant research.

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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