Research with us

The Doctoral Academy can help you to explore your options for postgraduate research at the University of Dundee

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Thinking of applying for a research degree at Dundee, or already applied? Please read our guidance for applicants during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

If you’ll be starting a research degree with us, please see our welcome pages for more information.

The University of Dundee offers several types of postgraduate research degree.


We have a large choice of PhD opportunities with supervision from experts in their field.

Most of our PhDs are designed to be completed in three years for full-time students and five years for part-time students.  However, some of our PhD programmes take four years full-time, as specified in the programme name.

PhD opportunities

You can choose to apply for an existing PhD project, opt for one of our structured doctoral training programmes and partnerships, or propose your own research project topic.
Our research areas and how to apply See our projects on Discover our funded programmes Proposing your own project

Regardless of whether you’d like to join an existing project or develop your own, we suggest that you explore the research areas we offer thoroughly and approach your potential supervisor(s) to discuss your plans and develop your ideas before you apply. Please also make sure you’re familiar with our entry requirements.

Professional Doctorate

Professional Doctorates give you the opportunity to professionally develop and support you via tailored online learning programmes. Our Professional Doctorate Programme is designed for those in a career who want to develop their leadership potential and undertake original research that contributes to professional practice in their field. A Professional Doctorate is equivalent to a PhD but focuses on a specific professional area. Professional Doctorates are part time and completed in four years.
View our Professional Doctorates

Masters by Research

A Masters by Research degree is a Masters-level qualification based around an independent research project rather than lecture attendance and examinations.

The Masters by Research takes one year full-time or two years part-time, which makes it a great option if you are interested in a PhD but want a taste of academic research before committing, or if you would like to develop an advanced level of knowledge in your area and learn key techniques to enhance your career.

We currently have the following Masters by Research options:

International postgraduate researchers

International applicants

We welcome applicants from all over the world. Enrol with us and you will join a community of outstanding academics. We are among the top 50 in the world in the 2020 edition of the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. 76% of research rated as `world-leading’ or `internationally renowned’ and part of them addresses issues of global significance.

If you are an international applicant hoping to start a research degree at the University of Dundee, please take a look at our international pages for more information and support.

We want to help make the process of applying for a research degree at Dundee as easy as possible.

You will need to make sure you meet our academic and language requirements - there are courses you can take to help you reach the required standard.

You can also virtually visit our campus and discover more about how to travel to Dundee.

Our friendly international teams give visa and immigration support, provide English language courses and drop-in support sessions, and run a social and cultural programme throughout the year.

Support services

If you'd like to learn more about the support available to postgraduate researchers at the University of Dundee, including disability services, mental health support and advice services, please explore our ‘resources and support for current postgraduate researchers' page.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions