Research course


University of Gloucestershire · University of Gloucestershire

Entry requirements

• a 2.1 or above from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification, is normally required in a subject area relevant to your chosen research topic • in exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research, or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area • registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD • candidates with a masters degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for PhD directly • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The university is well known and widely respected for its cutting edge research and participatory methodologies which support change for sustainability. Hubs of sustainability research activity are found in the School of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS), and the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI).

Much of this research focuses on people’s responses to sustainability and particularly in relation to engagement and professional responsibilities. Science and technology can assist in defining problems and identifying solutions but ultimately changes towards sustainability are dependent on people’s decisions, choices and actions.

Our internationally active and respected team of researchers specialise in leadership and governance, change management, community development, consumer and lifestyle choices, the ecosystem approach, science and communication strategies, monitoring and evaluation as well as education and learning. We encourage research students to explore how they can contribute, through participatory enquiry, critical action research and other innovative methodologies, to real change towards sustainability. This is possible through the contacts we have and the research projects we are involved in - nationally, across Europe and internationally.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 3330 141414