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Postgraduate 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.

The University is ​ranked 6th overall in the global 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and is in 7th place for research skills.

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.

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Accounting, Finance and Law

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

Allied Health Professions

Allied Health Professions

MA or MSc by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

MSc by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research 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.

Art

Art

MA by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Business, Entrepreneurship and Financial Management

Business, Entrepreneurship & Financial Management

MA or MSc by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research degree and get a masters or PhD in Business and Enterprise 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 research 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 research 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 research 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 research 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.

Education

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.

Education

MA by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research 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 research 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 and Biological Sciences

Masters by Research or PhD Biological Sciences (Postgraduate)

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research 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 research 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.

Marketing, Events and Law

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

Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research 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.

Nursing

Nursing

MA or MSc by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Performing Arts and Production

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 Production

Full-Time / Part-Time

Join the vibrant School of 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 research 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 research 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 research 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

Social Work and Social Care

MA or MSc by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

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

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

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

Technical and Applied Computing

Technical and Applied Computing

MSc by Research / MRes / PhD
Full-Time / Part-Time

Study a postgraduate research 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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