Postgraduate funding opportunties at Edge Hill University

PhD and Doctoral Courses in North West England

Internationally recognised as a leading provider of higher education, Edge Hill is home to a dynamic research culture and offers a plethora of full-and-part-time research degrees. Staff in all subject areas are engaged in research and their range of expertise ensures research degrees can be pursued across most subjects. From finding new ways to manage the effects of climate-change, to discovering new treatments for Cystic Fibrosis, our academics tackle major issues affecting today’s society and their expertise continue to push the boundaries of knowledge. Subsequently, Edge Hill performs well in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF), with all subject areas featuring ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ for research.

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Research at Edge Hill

Edge Hill offers three routes into a research degree: MRes (Masters by Research), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), and Professional Doctorate.

Our highly flexible MRes programme provides a short, intensive research experience in your subject area of interest. Students will undertake a research project to develop a range of transferable skills which will help with further research and prepare you for a PhD. Studying for a PhD will take three years, or up to six years part-time. In addition to submitting a written thesis you will need to demonstrate how your research has contributed to new knowledge or extended existing understanding. Alternatively, you can undertake a Professional Doctorate. Equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, it is designed for professionals to advance their professional practice. To ensure prospective students are prepared for study at doctoral level, you can study a Postgraduate Certificate in Research.

On successful completion of a research degree students will be able to position themselves at the cutting edge of knowledge and will stand out in a highly competitive employment market. In a recent PRES survey (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey) 100% of postgraduate research students entered employment or higher education within six months of graduating from Edge Hill, highlighting our dedication to helping you succeed in your future studies and academic career.

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Leading Facilities

Edge Hill is highly praised for its state-of-the-art facilities which have benefited from recent investment. Over the last 6 six years major campus developments include a £13m Technology Hub; £17m Creative Edge Building; £30m Sports Centre; and new Geography and Biology laboratories. There are plenty of subject-specific facilities, including a clinical skills and simulation centre for Health researchers and specialist biomechanics workshops for Sport Science researchers.  Our newly-built library is open 24/7 where you will find an extensive range of print collections and professional journals, alongside dedicated research-only spaces. Whatever your specialism, our impressive facilities provide an excellent platform for your research and for a successful academic career.

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Fees and Funding

There are several ways to fund your research degree, from loans to studentships. For self-funded UK and EU applicants, tuition fees can be found on our Money Matters web page and on our International Office page for non-EU applicants.

Alternatively, throughout the year Edge Hill offers two types of studentship; Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Doctoral Tutors (DTs). GTAs are full-time PhD studentships funded by the University which includes a full waiver of tuition fees, teaching/teaching support duties paying £9,000 per annum, and a scholarship of £5,500 per annum. Doctoral Tutors are full-time PhD studentships, funded in part from external organisations, which include a full waiver of PhD tuition fees and teaching/teaching support duties and/or enterprise support duties paying £9,000 per annum. Applications (when available) can be made through the University’s jobs webpage.

UK and EU applicants living in England may also be eligible to apply for a UK government Doctoral Loan worth up to £25,000 towards any subject, which can be used to cover your tuition fees and living costs. Alternatively, charities, trusts and other independent organisations may offer funding towards postgraduate research with specific edibility criteria.

Please visit our website for further information on how to apply and funding advice.

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Get in touch

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Telephone: +44(0)1695 650925
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