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

Some of our supervisors are looking for postgraduate researchers to work on specific projects. These projects have a defined research area, aim, supervisory team, and application deadline.
Explore our research areas

Programmes and partnerships

We offer doctoral training programmes across a wide variety of areas. These are structured interdisciplinary programmes with full funding. Some include taught components or internships, and all offer specialised training and development opportunities.

Developing your own research proposal

We welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate researchers who are developing their own research proposal. Before you apply, you are strongly advised to explore our research areas thoroughly and to approach your potential supervisor(s) to discuss your plans - you will only be able to undertake a research degree with us if we can offer appropriate supervision.

Professional Doctorate

A Professional Doctorate is equivalent to a PhD but focuses on a specific professional area. Our Professional Doctorate Programme is designed for workers who want to develop their leadership and undertake original research that contributes to professional practice in their field.

Our Professional Doctorate Programme is part time and designed to be completed in four years.

We currently offer 10 Professional Doctorate qualifications:

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 applicants

We welcome applicants from all over the world. If you're an international applicant hoping to start a research degree at the University of Dundee, please take a look at our international applicant pages for more information about:

  • applications from your home country
  • visa requirements and support
  • our English for International Students programmes
  • our International Advice Service

We have more information about studying at Dundee:

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

+44 (0)1382 384437