Join an active and dynamic postgraduate research community at the University of Bedfordshire

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Join an active and dynamic postgraduate research community at the University of Bedfordshire

With over 400 research students and 400 academics across our institutes, Bedfordshire have an active and dynamic research community within the University.

The University has ten research institutes which focus the research output of University staff; increase and support research quality; and help communicate research achievements. The research institutes have developed a variety of international research partnerships and work across disciplines to enhance the quality of research and inform teaching. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results revealed that the University is world-leading in multiple research areas.

The University’s research is updating child protection, informing the police about gang culture, advising the EU on cyber stalking, leading the way in finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and much more.

Overall, 60% of University of Bedfordshire’s research and 50% of its impact was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Benefits of a research degree:

  • You can specialise in a particular research area that interests you
  • It provides an opportunity for independent study to develop your own ideas with the support and input of experts in the field
  • It is useful if you are considering a career in the commercial world where research is a key focus
  • It gives you ownership of a particular piece of research
  • It prepares you for a career in research and academia

Research Centres include:

  • Business & Management Research Institute (BMRI)
  • Centre for Research in English Language Learning & Assessment (CRELLA)
  • Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR)
  • Institute of Biomedical & Environmental Science & Technology (iBEST)
  • Institute for Health Research (IHR)
  • Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC)
  • Institute for Research in Education (IRED)
  • Institute for Sport & Physical Activity Research (ISPAR)
  • Research Institute for Media, Art & Performance (RIMAP)
  • Research Institute for Smart Cities (in partnership with IRAC)

Please see the research areas for a full list of topics supported and funding options    

Who is eligible to apply?

UK and International students

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