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Applying for Postgraduate Research Courses

Masters (MA, MSc, LLM) by Research, MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate

Research degrees are offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis except for the professional doctorate which is on a part-time basis only.

To apply, please fill out the Application Form to Study for a Postgraduate Research Degree.
CVs will not be accepted. 
Note that it is recommended that you contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator for guidance before submitting an application.
Please ensure that you have gathered the necessary documents required to submit along with your application where possible:
– References, passport copy, qualification transcripts (with English translation for non-UK qualifications) and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant and a Distance Learning additional information form if applying for a Distance Learning Research Degree

Masters by Research

This is a MA, MSc or LLM (by research) course. You will devise your own research project and direct your own studies under the supervision of academic staff rather than attending a set timetable of lessons. You should expect to attend regular meetings with your supervisor and to submit written work or projects according to University deadlines. The duration is 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
Requirements: If you have a first or second class honours degree (usually a 2.1) or an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible to apply for these courses.

MPhil

This is a masters level course but it is for a slightly longer duration than the MA, MSc or LLM (by research). The duration is 18 months full-time or 3 years part-time.
Requirements: If you have a first or second class honours degree (usually a 2.1) or an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible to apply for this course of study.

PhD

This is doctoral study. For a PhD you will be expected to devise an original research proposal. The duration is 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.

  • You will be guided through the research by a supervisory team who you will meet on a regular basis.
  • You will need to submit written work or projects according to University deadlines which will culminate in the submission of a thesis.

Requirements: If you have a first or second class honours degree (usually a 2.1) or an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible to this course of study.

Professional Doctorate

The Professional Doctorate course, which we offer in the fields of Education and Health & Social Care, is a course for practising professionals in the area. You will need a Masters degree before you are accepted on a professional doctorate. The duration of the course is 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. The course has two elements:

Part A – number of units with a cohort of students, which you will need to pass before progressing to Part B.

Part B – research element. During the research element, you will complete a doctoral project and submit a thesis relating to your professional practice under the guidance of a supervisory team.

Application

You may decide to apply for a Postgraduate Research Degree by:

  • Responding to an advertisement for a scholarship on our website, where you will work on a specific topic, or
  • Applying speculatively for a self-funded place if you have an idea of a project in mind

To apply you must complete the Application Form to Study for a Postgraduate Research Degree. CVs will not be accepted.
As well as the above Application Form – if you are applying for a Distance Learning Research Degree, please submit an Additional Information Form
‌ along with it as a supplementary document.

Once completed, please email the application form and accompanying documents to pgradmissions@mmu.ac.uk or send to:

Postgraduate Recruitment & Admissions
Manchester Metropolitan University
New Business School and Student Hub
All Saints Campus
Oxford Rd
Manchester M15 6BH

Closing dates for International applications – 31st July 2017

Closing dates for UK/EU applications – 31st August 2017

Induction starts – 27th September 2017

Please note that the Faculty of Business & Law offers January and September entry only.

Help with your postgraduate research application

  • Before you apply, you can contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary documents required to submit along with your application where possible:
    – References, passport copy, qualification transcripts (with English translation for non-UK qualifications) and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant
  • After you apply, for enquiries please contact PGR admissions at pgradmissions@mmu.ac.uk or the Research Degrees Administrator within the Faculty/Research Centre you have applied to

Next stages of your application

We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application.
Once the University is satisfied with the following:

  • Your Proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

We will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study.

Once you accept the offer of a place of study, you will be advised of the next enrolment period.

There are four enrolment periods for a research degree in September, January, April and July although some faculties only have a January and September enrolment i.e. Business and Law.