Postgraduate research


Our postgraduate research community continues to grow, with students guided by researchers who work across teams, networks and locations throughout the region and internationally, building knowledge and skills in a supportive research culture. These are the researchers who ensured 69% of our research was rated 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' in the most recent assessment exercise.

Postgraduate research programmes typically require 12 to 36 months of critical investigation and research into a specific topic while supervised by a specialised academic. Our Masters by Research (MRes) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are then assessed by the final piece of research and your understanding of related investigative methods.


Henk Pieter Sterk

Henk Pieter Sterk, Netherlands

"Being part of this university means I get the chance to collaborate with lots of people with different backgrounds. For my research on the Flow Country peatlands, this means working together with land managers, conservation organisations and other research institutes from across the world. This unique setting - having your research area right in your back garden - is one of the reasons I applied for my PhD here."

PhD student


The university’s Graduate School is the focal point for the support, development and administration of our MRes and PhD students.

Please contact the Graduate School for more information on current opportunities and application procedures.