Research degrees

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Build your fundamental research groups

Find new ways to see the world

The postgraduate research experience is designed to help you build fundamental research skills, and provides graduates with a strong interest in a chosen subject to embark on original research, leading to the award of a higher degree of either a Master of Philosophy degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

These higher degrees are awarded in recognition of a successful period of research training normally culminating in the production of a thesis.

Three Routes to a higher degree


The MPhil award is designed for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.

New Route PhD

The New Route is intended for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience in their preparations for a career in which the ability to undertake research will play a key role.

Traditional Route PhD

This route entails a programme of research which normally takes between three to three and a half years' full time study. You can choose to take it part time over periods of up to six years. The traditional route enables capable and qualified individuals to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry.

Other Doctoral  Awards available at the University of Derby

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Health and Social Care Practice