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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.

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

Ryan Kenny

Ryan Kenny

Ryan's PHD assesses postural changes during textured insole usage, with emphasis on possible mechanisms. These mechanisms are assessed via cortical adaptations with neuroimaging techniques.

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.

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.