- By studying for a PhD or MPhil you can gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject and then establish yourself as an expert in your area of interest.
- You'll be supported throughout the duration of your studies by your allocated research supervisor.
- There is the opportunity to study alongside other research students who come from a diverse range of backgrounds and countries, which can help to enhance your learning experience.
- We have research centres and groups looking into a range of topics of which you can become involved in.
- You have the option to study full-time or part-time.
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.
We'll design an individual research programme to suit your topic, and you will regularly meet your supervisor for guidance and progress monitoring.
For more information please visit our Research website or contact us at email@example.com
New Route PhD
The New 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.
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.
We must also be satisfied that you have 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).
Find out about how to apply for a place on a research degree programme.
Find out more about fee information for our research degrees.
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.
† 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 new route PhD is studied over 4 years.
You can enrol between August and May.
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.