Research course

Research Degrees

University of Cumbria · Research and Creative Enterprise Services

Entry requirements

Good honours degree of a recognised university or comparable institution, or qualifications regarded by Lancaster University as the equivalent. For AP[E/C]L (Accreditation of Prior Experiential and/or Prior Certificated Learning), some experience of research, research training or reflective professional practice is expected. An MA, MSc or equivalent is desirable but not essential.

Five Faculties, Faculty of the Arts, Faculty of Business, Social Science and Sport, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health, Medical Sciences and Social Care and Faculty of Science and Natural Resources.

Months of entry

September, April

Course content

There are two research degrees: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Both these higher degrees are awarded on the basis of a thesis, the MPhil thesis containing evidence of originality in scholarship and the PhD thesis being a longer work containing an original contribution to knowledge.
Research students are registered either for an MPhil, with the option of transferring to a PhD subject to their wish and satisfactory progress, or as a probationary PhD candidate whose registration is subject to confirmation after a rigorous review when the work is well underway.

Information for international students

The International Adviser will help you with your visa, travel, arrival, accommodation and finance, as well as fee assessment and academic skills. IELTS 6.5 or above. To learn more email

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 - 60 months
full time
24 - 36 months


full time
24 - 48 months
part time
48 - 96 months

Course contact details

Research Office
01524 384175