Research degrees


PhDs, MPhils



Study for a research degree

It's an exciting, interesting and rewarding opportunity to explore a topic in real depth.

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You can submit an application at any time of year, however, we have three enrolment periods each year for new research programmes – early October, February and May.

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We offer research degrees at Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level.

Our research is directed at making significant contributions to international society as a whole. It is grounded in addressing health, social, cultural and environmental concerns.

Our research expertise

Research at Teesside University is organised into five research institutes – Digital Futures Institute, Health and Social Care Institute, Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts, Social Futures Institute (which includes the Centre for Strategy and Leadership, the focus for research in business) and Technology Futures Institute

You need to ensure that your research proposal is aligned with the interests of a research institute member. An important part of your application is to indicate a research area and a member of staff within that research area who might act as your director of studies. You can find details of potential supervisors and their areas of research supervision using the links above.

Doctoral scholarship
Research at Teesside

We are currently offering a scholarship in the Digital Futures Institute titled 'Planning Modulo Theories'- deadline: 11 July 2014.
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Entry requirements

Normal minimum entry requirements are a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or higher, or an approved overseas equivalent in a related subject. If English is not your first language you should have, or expect to get, no grade lower than 6.5 in the IELTS English language test, 91 in the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), or 58 in the Pearson Academic English test.

Submitting an application

You can submit an application at any time of year, however, we have three enrolment periods each year for new research programmes – early October, February and May.

Please download and complete the 3 attached documents before applying online. You will need to upload these documents at the start of the online application process. It is very important that you ensure you fully complete these documents otherwise your application will be rejected.

It is also helpful if you can upload any other supplementary documents you may have, e.g. English language test results, references, funding letters etc.

We assess your research proposal when we receive your completed application form. If we believe that your proposal is viable and we have the capacity for your supervision, you and your potential director of studies will develop your proposal and complete a training needs analysis, working closely with your potential supervisors.

If you are accepted for a research degree you will be issued with an offer letter giving full details of your programme including the start date of your study. Offers of a place are made for the next available start date.

More information

Details on our application process, fees, and information for research degree students are available in the following documents: