Available for January start

Course details

Study options

Full-time: Up to 4 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years †

Course level




Start dates

January, March, September †


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Research is an important component of academic life. It plays a major role in supporting what we teach to our students, and directly helps organisations to solve real world issues.

You can undertake a negotiated programme of research leading to the award 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.

There are three routes to a higher degree:


This 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

This route is 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 three years of full-time study. You can choose to take it part-time over a period 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.

For further information on postgraduate research degrees, take a look at our Research Office website.

How you will learn


We'll design an individual research programme to suit your topic, and you will regularly meet your supervisor for guidance and progress monitoring.

Anything else?

For more information please visit our Research website or contact us at researchoffice@derby.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Integrated Route PhD

The Integrated Route PhD 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. Take a look at the routes available.


For MPhil/PhD programmes, we normally expect you to have a first or second class honours degree, a masters degree from a UK University or qualifications that we consider to be equivalent.

Language requirements

The Faculty must also be satisfied that the candidate has the necessary command of the English language to undertake a research investigation. Copies of English language qualifications should be included where appropriate; please note that for research programmes a minimum of IELTS level of 7.0 or better is expected (Please note that English language certificates are only valid for two years).

International students

Find out about how to apply for a place on a research degree programme.

Fees and funding

Find out more about fee information for our research degrees.

How to apply

Postgraduate research students can enrol at the University of Derby any time between August and May.

All enrolments are arranged by appointment once your application is successful. Please be aware that it can take between six and twelve weeks to consider a complete application.

Information for applicants


You'll develop in-depth expertise in your chosen area which can lead to a real career progression either in business or in academia.

Contact us

Research Student Office pgrstudentoffice@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591060

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

The MPhil is studied over 2 years. You can study the PhD for 3 years full-time, or 6 years part-time. The Integrated Route PhD is studied over 4 years.

Start dates include September, January, March and June.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.