Research with us

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

On this page

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.
PhD subject areas and how to apply Discover our funded programmes Proposing your own project
Postgraduate research opportunities

Explore PhD projects developed by our experts.

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.

View our Masters by Research options

International postgraduate researchers

International applicants

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