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.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

Loughborough University is proud to be involved in a number of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), funded by EPSRC, NERC and AHRC.

These Centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train researchers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues, and future challenges.

They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures, provide developmental and skills training opportunities, build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry where possible.

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