Research degree options at Derby – funded studentships and self-funded opportunities

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We recognise the importance that innovation and research have for our university as well as for the wider national and international landscapes. Our research is having a real-world impact and is pushing the boundaries in how we understand the creative arts, nursing practices, chronic pain, DNA, education and so much more.

We are at the forefront of discoveries and we want you to be part of our journey. Undertaking a research degree such as an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a subject you are passionate about and contribute to findings that really make a difference to society.

Whether you choose a funded (studentship) or a self-funded research degree, you will be surrounded by a team of experts that can guide and assist you in your studies. Plus, your supervisors will be specialists in the same field as you.

Our research centres and groups include:

  • Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre (DMARC)
  • Identity, Culture and Representation Research Cluster
  • International Centre for Guidance Studies (ICEGS)
  • Centre for Business Improvement
  • Centre for Supply Chain Improvement
  • Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre
  • Visitor Economy Research Group
  • Health and Social Care Research Centre
  • Nature Connectedness Research Group
  • Psychology Research
  • Built Environment Research Group
  • Data Science Research Centre
  • Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
  • Human Sciences Research Centre
  • Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Research Cluster
  • Rail Research and Innovation Centre

We firmly believe in supporting our researchers and developing our research community; we therefore regularly organise events and opportunities to network and celebrate the research that takes place. These events include our Postgraduate Student Research Conference, Professorial Inaugural Lectures, research cafes and research centre seminars.

We also have a comprehensive training programme for our PGR students that help you complete your doctorate and prepare for a future career. The training is organised into three main phases of your research degree: beginning, middle and completion. Our training is tailored to your needs and includes a focus on research methods and tools, research ethics, research management, public engagement and research impact.

Plus, once you are in a position to think about what comes after your research degree, we have a dedicated careers team on hand to advise you of your options.

Research never stands still, and neither does the University of Derby.

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