Postgraduate research degrees
Levels of study
Research degrees can be undertaken part-time or full-time. Degrees offered by CPHS, and supervised by academic members of staff within CHPS, form part of either the Postgraduate Research (PGR) programme in Population Health Sciences or the PGR programme in Global Health. Details on eligibility for these two programmes, are given at:
The following degrees are offered:
- PhD Candidates for the degree of PhD pursue a research project, under the supervision of one or more members of CHPS academic research staff (perhaps also including as supervisors staff of an associated research units or institutions within the University, or within an external collaborating institution). The period of study is 36 months if studying full-time, or 72 months if studying part-time. The outcome of the research is a thesis written by the candidate, and the doctorate is awarded if the thesis is judged to be of an appropriate standard, and the research makes a definite contribution to knowledge.
- MPhil Candidates for the degree of MPhil by thesis pursue a research project under broadly the same conditions as those applying to PhD candidates, except that the period of study is 24 months full time or 60 months part-time, with appropriate reduction to the scale/scope of the research undertaken.
- MSc by Research The programme of study for MSc by Research is tailored to an individual student's requirements and in CPHS typically comprises research training and a supervised dissertation. The period of study is normally 12 months full-time or 36 months part-time.
A list of current and recently completed postgraduate research projects is provided, to illustrate the diversity of postgraduate research that is possible within CPHS.
In many cases individual supervision with respect to the research project is supplemented by selected modules of the taught MPH programme and/or by other training courses.
Thinking about the topic for your research degree
- If you are applying for an advertised PhD studentship, and/or project then the topic of study is broadly decided by the studentship/project on offer. Please note that you should check whether advertised studentships/projects provide full funding for the PhD (fees and stipend), as CPHS will look for funding to be secure before offering a place to study.
- If you are self-funding, or intend to apply for a funded PhD scholarship which is not specific to a pre-specified project, then you need to think about the focus for your PG research study. Given that the PG research education provided by CPHS is closely linked with the research undertaken within CPHS, prospective students are advised to explore the research and supervision possibilities within CPHS prior to making any application, by looking at the individual profiles of academic researchers within CPHS who may have an interest in one of your possible PG research topics. This can stimulate research ideas and/or will reveal where there is overlap with any particular interests of the prospective student.
Members of CPHS are often happy to discuss with prospective PG students any PhD project ideas that fall within their areas of research interest. However, students should note that acceptance of students cannot be made by individual supervisors without approval from the CPHS Postgraduate Research Degrees Committee and ultimately, offers of a place to study are made by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Enquiries and applications should therefore always be made through the CPHS Postgraduate Administrator (see below), who can provide advice and also help applicants with the application process. As with advertised PhD studentships/projects, students should ensure that funding is secure (fees, stipend and any research costs) before applying for a place to study, unless they are applying for a scholarship which requires the offer of a place in advance.
Making an application
Once there is a decision to pursue postgraduate research study, the next step is to make an application. You need to be aware of the eligibility criteria and of your funding situation before making the application, as this will speed up the application process. Details of how to make an application can be found at:
If you have any questions about the possibility of postgraduate research study and/or are considering making an application to CPHS, please contact:Postgraduate Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 650 3227