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Postgraduate Research Degrees

Realise Your Ambition at the University of Cumbria

A postgraduate research degree at the University of Cumbria offers the perfect opportunity to follow your passion, enhance your skills and influence the world around you. Ranked 5th in the UK for overall research student satisfaction, the University provides world-class support and supervision.

The University of Cumbria delivers a range of postgraduate research degrees, so you can ensure your programme of work matches your interest and ambitions: whether this be a traditional PhD format, a PhD by Art Practice or PhD by Publication, a Master of Research, Doctor of Business Administration, or a Professional Doctorate.

We are here to support you every step of the way, from informal inquiries to formal applications, from the start of your programme to its completion and beyond.

Dr Tom Grimwood, Head of the Graduate School 

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  • Great support - you will become part of our Graduate School, a community of like-minded people looking to change the world for the better. Plus, a PhD supervisor will be on hand to support and guide you throughout your studies.
  • Great events - join research skills development sessions throughout the year and enrol in our two week summer school for all research students and staff. During this time, you will be welcome to join our annual Research Student Conference.
  • Dedicated facilities - you will have to access exclusive 24/7 research facilities at our Lancaster, Ambleside and Carlisle campuses at times to suit you.

Application Support

Research Admissions are processing UK, EU and International applications for the 2023/24 academic year, with intakes in October and March.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our team via the email address below.

Why Study A PG Research Degree

To make an original contribution to research in your chosen subject area.

Become an expert in your field, with the highest qualification that takes your passion to the ultimate level.

Boost your employment prospects in your chosen career. Become a world leader in research or industry practice with the knowledge and experience to inform change.