University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Research

There are 2 research degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Both of these higher degrees are awarded on the basis of a thesis, which embodies the results of your research; the MPhil thesis containing evidence of originality in scholarship and the PhD thesis being a longer work containing an original contribution to knowledge. Research degree study has to be an original investigation with the aim of increasing knowledge and understanding of the selected topic. The Higher Education Funding Council for England states that research also includes: "work of direct relevance to the needs of commerce and industry, as well as to the public and voluntary sectors; scholarship; the invention and generation of ideas, images, performances and artefacts, including design, where these lead to new or substantially improved insights; and the use of existing knowledge in experimental development to produce new or substantially improved materials, devices, products and processes, including design and construction." The Faculty of Education, Arts and Business and Faculty of Health and Science offer opportunities to study at MPhil or PhD level, part-time or full-time. Individual research projects are organised through subject areas directly.

Entry requirements

Honours degree from a recognised university. Some experience of research, research training or reflective professional practice is normally expected; an MA, MSc or equivalent is desirable but not essential; an interview will be required.

Course modules

Below are lists of just some of our areas of research expertise: Applied social science; art; business studies; civil society; collaborative consumption; community development; conservation biology; corporate social responsibility; creative writing; cultural analysis; development education; digital technology (media, multimedia, e-learning, graphic design); ecology (behavioural, population, landscape); forestry; heritage landscape and environmental arts; leadership; microgrid; offshore renewables; outdoor education; regional economic development; religious studies; renewable energy technologies; silviculture; social movements; sustainable engineering; sustainable pest management. We are able to offer doctoral supervision for educational research, which span from early years through primary, secondary, further and higher education. Health research is broadly focused around 6 themes: medical imaging; nursing; occupational therapy and physiotherapy; health promotion; mental health; sport.

Assessment methods

There are generally no formal lectures to attend or modules to complete, but you will be supported by a team of supervisors who have direct knowledge of the subject area. The degree is awarded following an examination of the completed thesis by 2 independent examiners, which includes a viva voce examination with the candidate.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning April 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning April 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning April 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2017 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
Distance Learning
Fusehill Street, Carlisle Carlisle CA1 2HH North East

Get in touch

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.

Key information

Contact: 
Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144