• PhD FlyerAre you interested in undertaking research that will enhance your potential as an academic or researcher?
  • Are you a professional that wants to make a positive difference to your field?
  • Are you interested in studying at one of the UK’s top 20 universities?* 

If YES, we are interested in hearing from you

*(The Guardian, May 2008), which ranked second in Scotland for all-round student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, January 2009)

About

About

Our MRes/MPhil programmes are unique and geared to support academics and professionals from different disciplines, especially those who value inter-professional collaboration within the settings of education, social work, educational psychology and community learning and development.

Our MRes/MPhil student's come from all over the world and there is a strong community that students can draw on academically and non-academically. 

We provide Research Methods and Generic Skills Training and students are assigned two supervisors (relevant to the area of a student's studies) who meet with them regularly.  Supervision can take place by telephone, email and video conferencing.  Guidance can also be drawn from other relevant members of staff with specific expertise. 

The University Code of Practice for Supervised Postgraduate Research provides clear guidance on your responsibilities as a student and how you will be supported.  Students also receive a School Student Handbook which provides further detail.

MRes/MPhil students also have access to doctoral student office accommodation, high quality IT facilities, telephones, printing/photocopying and access to financial support to attend research conferences.

You can study on this programme full or part-time.  Full-time normally takes three years and part-time normally takes 5 years although there can be some flexibility depending on a candidate’s circumstances.

Research Interests

Research Interests

There is a broad range of research interests in education and welfare professions within the School.

To find out more about our research themes please visit our Research Centres pages. The themes listed there may indicate which members of staff may be allocated to supervise your research. 

  • Centre for Peer Learning
  • Centre for Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT)
  • The WhiteTop Research Unit

Support

Support

1. How will my progress be monitored?
Your progress will be monitored in a variety of ways:
Supervision
Students meet with their supervisors at least every month to support and guide students through their PhD.
Presentations
From time to time students are expected to make presentations about their work to other students and staff.  This aims to help support students with their work and to build on their work so far.
Thesis Monitoring Committee
An MRes/MPhil student’s progress is monitored by an independent Thesis Monitoring Committee within the School.  This Committee consists of at least two members of staff not concerned with a student’s supervision and it meets twice per year for full time students, and one per year for part-time students.
Students are expected to present their work to their Thesis Monitoring Committee who will determine the level the student is working at – either Masters of Doctoral level.  This process is called Transfer of Ordinance and it confirms whether a student should transfer to a PhD programme or whether they should remain on the MPhil programme.  Part-time students will normally present before the end of their second year of study.
Viva
At the end of study, students undertake an examining process called Viva Voce to present  their thesis to an Examination Board who will determine whether a student’s work is of a high enough standard to be awarded a PhD.
2. What academic skills support will I receive?
We provide Research Methods and Generic Skills Training and students are assigned two supervisors (relevant to the area of a students research) who meet with them regularly.  Supervision can take place by telephone, email and video conferencing.  Guidance can also be drawn from other relevant members of staff with specific expertise. 
3. How will I be guided through the process of studying for a PhD?
The University Code of Practice for Supervised Postgraduate Research provides clear guidance on your responsibilities as a student and how you will be supported.  Students also receive a School Student Handbook which provides further detail.
4. What facilities will I have access to?
MRes/MPhil students also have access to doctoral student office accommodation, high quality IT facilities, telephones, printing/photocopying and access to financial support to attend research conferences.

Enquiries & Applications

Enquiries & Applications

If you have any enquiries about the Master of Research (MRes) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme please contact:

 Apply to study on the MRes/MPhil programmes