Postgraduate funding opportunties at University of Chester

PhD and Doctoral Courses in North West England

Postgraduate Study at the University of Chester

The University of Chester provides a wide and flexible range of postgraduate and post-experience courses designed to meet the needs of prospective students. In today’s rapidly changing world our postgraduate qualifications can provide valuable career and personal development opportunities and help you build on your experience and current skills.

We offer a broad choice of professional, internationally recognised postgraduate qualifications incorporating taught degrees, research degrees and professional doctorates. Our courses are available in flexible full-time and part-time study options.

Our postgraduate learning and research facilities are located on our five Chester sites: Parkgate Road Campus, Riverside Campus, Kingsway Campus, Queen’s Park Campus and Thornton Science Park, as well as our Warrington Campus and University Centre Shrewsbury.

Postgraduate Research

Whether you conduct your research within one of our academic departments or within one of our distinctive specialist research centres, we’re confident that you’ll see why we are rated as one of the top 10 places in the UK to carry out postgraduate research, (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2018).

Research qualifications available with us include Master’s by Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and professional doctorates within Education (EdD), Business (DBA), Public Health (DrPH) and a wide range of other professional areas (DProf).

We offer full-time and part-time options for all of our research degrees, enabling you to study at a pace that suits you and your existing work and/or family commitments.

How to Start Your Research Journey

Firstly you will need to choose a research area that suits you. Think carefully about the research project you would like to undertake, if you need any inspiration take a look at our main areas of research. Contact details for each department are available should you have any questions at this stage.

Once you’ve decided it’s useful for you to draft a research proposal, initially this can be around 100-250 words, but a more detailed proposal may be required on application. This will need to be emailed to our Postgraduate Research Admissions team who will establish whether the appropriate supervisory expertise and capacity is available. Once this is established you will hold proposal discussions with your potential supervisor to work out your final research proposal.

Before applying you will need to decide how you will fund your study, we suggest that you start this process as early as possible in order to have any required funding in place in time to start your research. (See Fees and Funding below for further details).

How to Apply

In order to apply you will need details of two appropriate referees, and all required documents, including any certificate/transcript copies, a full CV, a broad outline of your proposed project, and a copy of your English language proficiency certificate (if required). Then all that is left to do is apply online.

Visit Us

If you would like to visit us to find out more about the University, the department you could be joining or just to get a feel for our campuses, we hold a number of postgraduate visit opportunities throughout the year. You can book your place on our website.

If there are no dates available that suit you, please contact us regarding an individual campus tour. We should be able to arrange this around a visit to your chosen department.

Fees and Funding

Our Postgraduate Finance pages will provide you with information on sources of funding, postgraduate loans, our course fees, and payment options available to you.

You have three payment options for paying your tuition fees:

  1. 1. In full by debit or credit card before the start of your first module
  2. 2. Direct Debits over 9 monthly instalments
  3. 3. By a sponsor

Further Information

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