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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 Accounting and Law (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Join a vibrant research community of students and over 20 academic staff able to supervise across a broad range of specialisms.

Art and Design

Masters by Research Art and Design (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Contribute to the advancement of your profession and develop your own academic skills through an in-depth research project in a unique area.

Biological Sciences

Masters by Research Biological Sciences (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Pursue a broad range of research opportunities in biosciences, encompassing theoretical and experimental science in field and laboratory settings.

Business and Management

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Develop your strengths in business through an in-depth research project on a topic of your choice and the development of advanced academic skills.

Masters by Research Business and Management (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

With more than 40 academic staff, the School of Business and Management is able to supervise across a broad range of research topics.

Computing and IT

Doctorate in Engineering (DEng) (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Undertake a unique piece of engineering research that makes a contribution to academic knowledge and professional practice.

Masters by Research Computing and IT (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Research students studying in the area of Computing and IT will be able to draw on expertise within the School across a wide area, but have a strong.

Countryside and Community

Masters by Research Countryside and Community (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Join the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) which is among the largest specialist rural research centres in the UK.

Creative Writing

Masters by Research Creative Writing (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Complete your own unique research to develop your academic intelligence. Contribute to advancing knowledge in the creative writing industry.


Masters by Research Education (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Progress your knowledge and skills through an in-depth research project supported by engaged researchers.


English (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Undertake an in-depth research project as part of a strong and supportive research community.

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Masters by Research Geography and Environmental Sciences (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Develop advanced knowledge and professional practice through an in-depth research project in a subject of your choice.


Masters by Research Health (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

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


Masters by Research History (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Make an original contribution to knowledge through an individual piece of research.


Masters by Research 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)

Master of Research (MRes)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Develop advanced skills in research methods and approaches.

Media, Film and Communication Studies

Doctorate in Media Communications (Postgraduate Research)

Develop an in-depth focus on a specific area of interest within the media and communication profession.

Media, Film and Communication Studies (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Conduct research in a media area of your choice. Improve professional practice and develop high-level academic skills and knowledge.

Philosophy and Ethics

Philosophy and Ethics (Postgraduate Research)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Progress your career or satisfy your curiosity for knowledge with a research degree in Philosophy.

Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences (Postgraduate Research)

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

Master of Philosophy 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 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)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Undertake in-depth research in an area of professional interest, making a contribution to knowledge in the sports and exercise industries.


Masters by Research 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 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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