Types of research degree

We offer postgraduate research PhD, MPhil, MSc by Research and EngD programmes

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is awarded after completing a period of supervised research and submitting a thesis that shows evidence of originality and independent critical judgement.  The duration of the PhD course is a minimum of three years (full-time) and it can also be carried out on a part-time basis.  Depending on your education and work experience, you may register initially for the degree of MPhil for the first year.  If your progress is satisfactory you will then transfer to the degree of PhD for a further two or three years.

This degree route is also available as a split-site option, which enables students to split their studies between The University of Manchester and either an industrial company or another institution.  If a student would like to take this route a supervisor must be appointed from The University of Manchester and the other institution or company and the study plan must be approved by both supervisors. Students can enrol for PhD programmes at any time throughout the year, but principal entry points are January, April, July and September.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The MPhil programme requires a period of supervised research and the submission of a thesis.  This programme has a duration of one year full-time, and may be carried out on a part-time basis.

MSc by Research

This is a one-year full-time research degree, commencing in September, and provides the opportunity to carry out a substantial research project as well as gain valuable skills and knowledge through a tailored taught package. This programme will normally consist of a 135-credit research project and additional 45 credits of taught content, creating a standard 180 credit postgraduate MSc programme.

The taught units are chosen under guidance of the research supervisor from a selection offered by the School. The selected units are assessed before completion of the research project and the dissertation is submitted in September. This programme is therefore designed to allow students to combine masters level taught modules with research skills and training development.

Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transfer to PhD at the end of the degree, requiring a further two years full-time study.

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

This is a doctorate with a difference. An EngD is awarded after a period of research based in industry with a collaborating company. The programme is supported by taught courses in management. This programme ensures engineers, who aspire to senior management roles in industry, are able to gain practical experience of working in industry whilst gaining knowledge through further study.  A typical Engineering Doctorate lasts four years and is built around a research proposal which is developed by the University and its industrial partners.

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

The University of Manchester is one of the largest and most successful centres for biological and biotechnological focused research and training in Europe. These multidisciplinary research projects offer students the opportunity to combine expert training in one discipline with cross disciplinary training in others.

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