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Research degree opportunities at Teesside



Welcome to our postgraduate research pages. At Teesside University we believe that an investment in knowledge pays dividends; a postgraduate research degree is the highest degree awarded by a university. As well as enabling you to further explore a subject that excites you, a postgraduate research degree increases earning potential, develops your confidence and transferable skills and helps you stand out from the crowd.

Postgraduate research students are a vital part of the research community at Teesside University. As a member of this community you will benefit from working with specialists with national and international reputations who will support you to developed advanced skills and expertise applicable to industry or academia.

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Current studentships

As part of ongoing investment into areas of research strength, Teesside University is pleased to offer a number of fees-paid and fully-funded PhD studentships to exceptional doctoral candidates.

Centre for Applied Psychological Science

Centre for Culture and Creativity

Centre for Social Innovation

Funded studentships

Teesside University offers a range of funded opportunities which are linked to specific research topics and are recruited on a competitive basis. These include:

Doctoral Training Alliance Studentships which offer three-year PhD studentships as part of the following three DTA programmes:

  • Applied Biosciences for Health
  • Energy
  • Social Policy

Doctoral Training Alliance

Teesside University is working with the University Alliance to provide more opportunities for PhD students.

Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships, which includes full tuition fees, a stipend to cover living expenses and access to the Research Training Support

EU COFUND Research Awards, which offer opportunities for students to be employed as salaried Research Associates for three years to undertake the programme of research. The research is expected to be submitted for a PhD award and the award includes all associated fees and participation in the cross institutional research training programmes offered to Doctoral Training Alliance Students.

All of our funded studentships can be found on

Many postgraduate research students are supported to undertake their study by sources outside the university for example sponsorship by employers, governments inside and outside the UK or research funding charities. You can find out more about externally funded studentships on


Deciding to undertake a research degree is potentially life-changing and it is important that you understand what studying for a postgraduate research degree entails. To find out more about what it is like to study for a research degree at Teesside University and how to apply click on the links below or contact our PGRteam.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Professional Doctorate

- Critically investigate and evaluate a topic and demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field
- Present and defend a thesis in oral examination
- Normal registration period for an MPhil is 1-2 years full-time and 2-3 years part-time

- Critically investigate and evaluate a topic, resulting in an independent and original contribution to knowledge
- Demonstrate an understanding or research methods appropriate to the chosen field
- Present and defend a thesis in oral examination
- Normal registration period for a PhD is 3-4 years full-time and 4-7 years part-time.

- Undertaken by experienced practitioners in a particular sector or discipline.
- PhD by completed work and an MPhil by completed work offered to staff at Teesside University only

All PGR students are supported by their own team of supervisors (lead by a Director of Studies) who will have extensive expertise in your area of interest and be able to provide guidance throughout your degree. Therefore, before you apply for a research degree it is important that you decide on a subject area and identify a supervisor. You can explore our areas of expertise and potential supervisors using a keyword search on our research portal.

Case Studies

Kirsti J Loughran

Kirsti J Loughran

Kirsti’s programme of studies will investigate the relationship between balance and gait impairment in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and high rates of pain suffered by people with COPD.

Kate Byrnes

Kate Byrnes

Kate’s PhD assesses the experiences and attitudes of women with learning disability, family carers, and paid care workers, towards the national cervical and breast cancer screening programmes.

Alexandra Morris

Alexandra Morris

PhD in History

Farida Amrouche

Farida Amrouche

PhD in Innovative technique to alter and control wettability of hydrocarbon reservoir to favourable wettability using electrical power -WALEP- (Chemical Engineering-Petroleum Engineering)

Maria O’Hanlon

Maria O’Hanlon

PhD Researcher – Microbiology

Anirudh Sharma

Anirudh Sharma

PhD in Ion mobility and Mass Spectrometry