Research course


University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject. A Masters degree or appropriate research training is also desirable. We consider applicants without Masters or appropriate research training on a case by case basis. We might require applicants to satisfactorily complete one of our Masters programmes, or to attend some/all of the units of our MRes programmes while undertaking the MPhil or PhD programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Most students are registered in the first instance for the degree of MPhil. Students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis. The transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Our Department produces high-quality research with a strong focus on application and real world implication. You can study any topic in which we have research expertise. Details of research staff expertise and interests are available on individual staff pages, as well as on our current research students page. For more information on research expertise, please visit:

Department specialisms

The Department currently has four main research groups: Sport Health & Exercise Science (SHES) Group Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Research Group Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) Work, Health & Wellbeing Research Group (WHW) The Centre for Pain Research (CPR) is also based in the Department, and conducts research into the technological development for the control of pain.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (not less than 6.5 in each of the four components). TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 100 (internet based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website.
International students
Please see our website.

View information on the funding opportunities: Postgraduate research funding opportunities

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
12-36 months


full time
24-48 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 385233