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Types of Research Degree

What Are Research Degrees?

Leeds Beckett University offers a range of postgraduate research degrees which provide training in research, enhanced employment opportunities and the opportunity to develop advanced skills and expertise in a specific area of interest to you. We offer the following research degrees:


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

If you are looking to take your first steps in research, then a Masters of Research (MRes) programme could be ideal for you. It is a stepping stone between undergraduate and PhD level research. It is particularly suitable if you are moving into a new subject area and want to explore different career or academic research options.

Leeds Beckett are pleased to announce an innovative variation to the MRes award which is designed to capture and evidence advanced professional skills including research informed practice, leadership and critical thinking. Further information can be found here


3 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An MPhil is a shorter research degree, completed to the same academic quality as a PhD, but suitable if you want to complete in a shorter time period. You will gain a significant grounding in research methods and skills that will equip you either to enter a successful career as a professional in your field of study, or to continue in your studies and complete a PhD. This is a Masters qualification.


4 years full-time, 6 years part-time

A PhD is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research. It is assessed via a thesis (of up to 100,000 words) and a viva voce (an oral examination). You will contribute new knowledge to your field and you will disseminate your findings by means of peer reviewed output and thesis. Throughout your PhD journey, you will be supported with a programme of research training to enable you to develop transferable skills for your future career path.

PhD By Existing Published Work

1 year

There is also an option to submit for a PhD by Publication. You will already have a series of original creative work – typically academic or professional journal papers - which makes a significant contribution to knowledge in your area of expertise. You will produce a synoptic review that links the works. This review and the existing published work together form the thesis which you will defend by oral examination. This option is available to Leeds Beckett staff and alumni only.


5 years

Professional Doctorates are specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals. It is an opportunity to investigate or critically study a topic of interest. A DProf is ideal if you are seeking recognition and further development at the highest level of professional and academic achievement.


5 years

Aimed at business managers and leaders, consultants and other professionals including academics, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers an opportunity to gain a professional doctorate, the highest level of professional qualification available in business and management. Drawing on the work of international experts in our Business School you will learn about the latest management techniques and research methods. The skills and knowledge you gain will equip you to improve the effectiveness of your professional performance and of your organisation and those who work in it.


5 years

If you are an education professional, the innovative Doctorate in Education (EdD) will extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of contemporary educational issues. It is a prestigious qualification that demonstrates skill in applied research and strong professional development.


5 years

Please contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk with any questions.

The Doctorate of Engineering (DEng) is a programme of research based on the advanced study of engineering or applied sciences and professional practice in engineering. The DBA, EdD and DEng are designed for professionals working in the relevant professions. The aim of these courses is that they blend the practical experience within the working environment with a part-time research degree.

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