Types of degrees we offer

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Here at Anglia Ruskin, you can undertake a Doctor or Master of Philosophy (PhD/MPhil), an MD (Res), a PhD by Published Work or a Professional Doctorate. Read more about these awards below.

Doctor or Master of Philosophy (PhD/MPhil)

PhD candidates critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic that must result in an independent and original contribution to knowledge. As a PhD candidate, you'll also be able to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to your field of research. 

Full-time PhD students normally complete within three to four years, while part-time candidates may take up to six years.

MPhil candidates also critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, and demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field.

Doctor of Medicine by Research (MD Res)

An MD (Res) programme is a postgraduate research programme for qualified medical professionals. Our Doctor of Medicine by Research lets you make a substantial contribution to your clinical specialty.

PhD by Published Work

If you've already published work that has demonstrated an independent and original contribution to knowledge, together with an understanding of research methods appropriate to the field, you can submit an application to establish a case to submit a thesis for examination.

Professional Doctorate

Our Professional Doctorates are research-based programmes designed for experienced professionals and practitioners. They're an opportunity to engage in research that critically examines your practice. Our Professional Doctorates are an innovative, flexible alternative to traditional PhDs and can be studied part-time while you continue to work.

The benefits

By studying a Professional Doctorate you will:
  • research an area of particular interest to you and your employer
  • gain an internationally recognised doctorate qualification
  • make a significant contribution through your research findings to your practice
  • enhance your profile
  • expand and strengthen your professional network.

Professional Doctorates are divided into two stages.

  • Stage 1 involves workshops and seminars on methodology and research design and leads to the preparation of papers totalling a maximum of 21,000 words. This stage develops your understanding of research design, so that you can enter Stage 2 with a detailed research study that's achievable, realistic and impacts positively on your practice.
  • Stage 2 involves undertaking original research resulting in a thesis.

Within the Professional Doctorate programme we also offer the following awards:

  • Professional Masters
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research.

Find out more

Contact our postgraduate and research teams for more information about studying a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate at Anglia Ruskin, or see How to apply for details of the admissions process.