Postgraduate research

Explore our postgraduate research opportunities including PhDs, Professional Doctorates, and Master's by Research.

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The University of Dundee brings together some of the best researchers in the world, developing ideas that make a positive impact on and a tangible difference to the physical, social and psychological wellbeing of people and their communities, the economy and the environment.

By taking one of our research degrees, you will have the opportunity to make your own contribution of original knowledge as an esteemed member of our research community.

Along the way you’ll be supervised by experts in your field, and we’ll offer you skills training, mentoring and career support.

From the traditional PhD to our renowned Professional Doctorate Programme and Research Masters degrees, there’s a huge range of opportunities for you to explore.

Learn about research in our Schools and apply for a research degree

Doctoral Academy

The Doctoral Academy at the University of Dundee works in partnership with Schools, Professional Services, and Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) to provide equity of experience for postgraduate researchers across the University and ensure you thrive during your time with us.


PhDs generally take between 3 and 5 years to complete, with full time and part time options. You can propose your own research topic or apply to one of our PhD opportunities.

Browse PhD opportunities

Propose your own PhD topic

There are also opportunities to propose you own PhD topic. Browse our research areas to see how these align with your interests and find out who to contact to discuss your proposal.

Doctoral training programmes

Our doctoral training programmes are structured interdisciplinary programmes including taught courses and professional development training. These offer many funded opportunities and also provide you with the support and transferable skills you need to develop your career.
Doctoral training programmes

Professional Doctorate

Professional Doctorates are equivalent to a PhD but allow you to apply original research to practical problems in your professional field with the aim of advancing your career to the next level of influence and leadership. Professional Doctorates are part time and completed in four years and, unlike PhDs, contain a taught component. 
View our Professional Doctorates

Master's by Research

The Master's by Research is a type of research degree that allows you to pursue an independent research project while benefiting from expert supervision.

MFA/MDes by Research Art & Design

The MDes (Res) and MFA (Res) Masters degrees allow for independent study under the supervision of a research supervisor for one year, September to August, with many leading straight into PhD studies.

This programme is not a taught degree, but instead is structured more like a PhD. It provides you the appropriate research experience - and the refinement of research methods - in order to apply with a proposal and portfolio to a PhD.

MFA by Research Art & Design

MDes by Research Art & Design

MSc by Research

The MSc by Research is a one year research degree (two years if part time). In comparison to a taught Masters (MSc) it will have a significant amount of time devoted to original research. 

We have the following MSc by Research options:

LLM by Research

MSc by Research Anatomy & Human Identification

MSc by Research Environmental Science

MSc by Research Geography

MSc by Research Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

MSc by Research Life Sciences

MSc by Research in Medicine