Postgraduate study2015 Prospectus

Research opportunities

PhD, MPhil, EngD

The University provides induction and training for all its research students.

PhD degrees normally take three years full-time or five years part-time. In addition there are some specialised PhD programmes where registration is required for four years. A PhD thesis must make a significant original contribution to, and show a critical appreciation of, existing knowledge in the subject.

MPhil degrees usually take two years full-time or three years part-time. Students critically investigate and evaluate an area which contributes to and demonstrates a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the subject. They must also demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to that area.

Following satisfactory completion of their first year of supervised research, students' registration is confirmed for PhD or MPhil. All PhD and MPhil candidates must present and defend a substantial thesis to the satisfaction of examiners.

EngD degrees take four years and are open to UK research engineers, in any area of engineering or applied science, seeking managerial careers in industry. They involve collaboration with industry, and combine formally assessed taught modules with innovative research related to real industrial problems.