Research course

Centre for Work Related Studies (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Centre for Work Related Studies

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

Our interests are in any aspect of innovative higher education practice and we would especially welcome students with interests in the following areas: accreditation and co-delivery; application of work based knowledge in the workplace; evaluation of learning pathways; cultural adaptations and models of work based learning in their institutional context; the varieties of practitioner enquiry; externalisation of the self in reflective learning; the application of work based learning into different contexts and cultures. This list is not exhaustive and we welcome proposals from anyone interested in flexible, negotiated, situated and reflective learning.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000