At Swansea, we offer several types of research degree:
Master’s research degrees:
MA/MSc/LLM by Research: These are shorter research programmes that are typically one year full-time, or two to three years part-time in duration. You will undertake an individual research project, culminating in the production of a thesis of 30,000 words.
MRes: The MRes (Master of Research) aims to provide students with research skills and training necessary for a professional career or progression onto further academic studies. Whilst studying on an MRes programme, you will undertake a range of taught modules and produce a thesis based on an extended research project. MRes programmes are available in engineering or science disciplines only.
MPhil: The MPhil (Master of Philosophy) requires students to submit a research thesis of up to 60,000 words. You will also have to attend an oral examination (viva), where your thesis will be assessed by two or more examiners. There may be an opportunity to ‘upgrade’ your MPhil to a PhD qualification during your studies.
Doctoral research degrees:
PhD: PhD programmes are typically three years full-time or six to seven years part-time in duration. You will undertake supervised research either independently or as a member of a team. Assessment is by means of a thesis of 100,000 words which must demonstrate your ability to pursue original research and should represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject. You will also be required to attend an oral examination (viva) to assess your thesis. The first year of your PhD is a period of probation, and you will be required to pass a departmental assessment before continuing with your studies.
EngD: The Engineering Doctorate aims to prepare engineering students for research careers in industry and is fully supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This four-year scheme consists of one year of taught modules followed by an industry-linked research project.
MD: In addition to the PhD, Swansea University Medical School offers the postgraduate degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) through supervised research within individual research groups. This programme is two years full-time, four to five years part-time.
DProf: Typically four years full-time, six years part-time, a Professional Doctorate is a research degree structured around a particular area of professional practice. You will follow a programme of directed study, including periods of approved professional/industrial practice and training, together with a programme of research. Assessment includes a thesis of up to 80,000 words.
Explore our range of postgraduate research programmes