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Postgraduate research

We offer four pathways to a research-based postgraduate degree, all designed to provide graduates with a wide range of transferable skills and employability options.

  • PhD

    A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree consists of a three years (full-time) or six years (part-time programme based on research and study at the highest level, followed by the production of a doctoral thesis.

    All PhD students are initially registered as MPhil/PhD students and you are transferred to a PhD degree in the first half of the second year, subject to satisfactory progress. Admission for a PhD is conditional on the your demonstration of academic excellence, strong motivation and future potential.

  • MSD

    The MSc by dissertation (MSD) involves a minimum of one year of full-time research or two years part-time followed by production of a dissertation. Students enrolled on an MSD programme often upgrade to an MPhil or PhD subject to satisfactory progress and recommendation by the supervisor.

  • MPhil

    An MPhil involves a minimum of two years of full-time research or four years part-time followed by the production of a thesis.

  • MD

    The Doctor of medicine (MD) is a research-based degree for medical doctors and is awarded to clinicians who undertake an independent research programme, usually for a period of two years (full-time) followed by a thesis. The MD degree is co-supervised by an academic member of staff from the University and a Consultant staff member from an NHS Hospital. To be eligible for the MD Degree, you must have a degree in medicine and a strong interest in clinical research.

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