Postgraduate Research

Lancaster University offers a range of PhD Research Degrees.

We welcome applications for registration for the degrees of PhD (3 years full-time, 4-6 years part-time), MPhil (2 years) and MSc (by Research, 1 year) in any of our research areas from well-qualified, able and enthusiastic students. In addition, we offer a PhD (Professional Route) for those with a track record of research in an industrial environment interested in gaining recognised doctoral qualification, and industry-focused funded PhDs.

Studying for a research degree is a highly rewarding and challenging process. You'll work to become a leading expert in your topic area with regular contact and close individual supervision with your supervisor. You'll have the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals, pushing forward at the very edge of the discipline. Active seminar programmes and state of the art facilities mean there's plenty of ideas and technologies to stimulate your development as a research scientist. Research skills courses help support you in learning to improve your scientific methods, written and verbal communication skills, to help you realise the maximum potential from your work. Annual progress review panels will help to keep your research on track.

At Lancaster, we're immensely proud of our strong postgraduate research community and of the internationally significant reputation they've helped us achieve. You'll be encouraged to participate fully, targeting and presenting your work at major international conferences and workshops. There are numerous opportunities to collaborate nationally and internationally through our many research partnerships and links with industrial collaborators.

We recognise that a postgraduate research degree is often a stepping-stone to a career in research. During your studies you'll have the opportunity to get involved in our taught degree programmes - helping others is not only rewarding and brings you valuable experience to help you in your future career, but the financial remuneration can also bring valuable supplemental income.

We would recommend browsing Our Research page to identify possible research areas for your studies.