Research course


University of Derby · College of Education

Entry requirements

Please see our website for further information.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research is an important component of academic life. It plays a major role in supporting what we teach to our students, and directly helps organisations to solve real world issues.

You can undertake a negotiated programme of research leading to the award of either a Master of Philosophy degree or a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

These higher degrees are awarded in recognition of a successful period of research training normally culminating in the production of a thesis.

There are three routes to a higher degree:


This is designed for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject, and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.

New Route PhD

This route is for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience in their preparations for a career in which the ability to undertake research will play a key role.

Traditional Route PhD

This route entails a programme of research which normally takes three years of full-time study. You can choose to take it part-time over a period of up to six years. The traditional route enables capable and qualified individuals to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Research Office