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Research degree routes of study

As a PGR, your time will be primarily spent conducting research. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to help you design and conduct your research project, evaluate the research, and disseminate your results. In doing so, you will develop a range of transferable skills which can help you with further research within or outside academia, including critical thinking, project management, time management and presentation.

Before you apply
Entry requirements
How to identify a potential prospective supervisor
Application deadlines
What is required at the point of application – MRes and PhD applications
What is required at the point of application – Professional Doctorate applications
When will you start?
How much time do you need to devote as a PGR?
What is the Graduate School looking for?
The research proposal
Additional proposal application guidance for EdD applicants
Application process
The interview

Should you be successful in attaining a research degree place with the Graduate School, you will undertake programme of sessions to help your development as a researcher throughout your time at Edge Hill.

You will work with your supervisors to conduct a learning and skills needs analysis at the start of your programme of research. This will help you tailor some of the training and development activities you undertake during your time here. PhD and professional doctorate students will repeat this analysis annually.

Core sessions
Methodological sessions
Weekend and summer schools
Programme of related studies
Subject-specific training

Self-funded PGR applicants

Home applicants (UK & EU)

Tuition fees for PhD, professional doctorate and MRes can be found on the University’s money matters webpages. Please select ‘postgraduate courses’ and ‘tuition fees’ to view this information.

International PGR applicants (non-EU)

Tuition fees information can be found on the International Office webpages.

Please note: part-time study is subject to certain visa restrictions. Please contact the International Office to check whether the University can sponsor your visa.

How to pay fees

Tuition fees can usually be paid in full on enrolment or in three equal instalments throughout the year. No charge is added for using a credit card.

Please note, if you have outstanding debts of any kind to Edge Hill University you should contact the Finance Department to arrange a formal repayment agreement before applying.

Current studentships

Any studentship opportunities are advertised on the Graduate School’s opportunity pages.

GTAs are normally advertised around December – January each year. Applications (when available) can be made through the University’s jobs webpage.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)

GTAs are full-time PhD studentships, funded entirely by the University. For the October 2023 cohort the packaged included:

  • overall payment of £17,668 per annum, which is aligned with the UKRI rate. This is split into a salary of £12,168 per annum and £5,500 per annum to contribute to the cost of accommodation.
  • Full waiver of research degree tuition fees worth approximately £5,900 per annum for UK postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and £14,000 per annum for international PGRs.
  • The opportunity to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education with full waiver of the tuition fee (worth approximately £2,340).
  • Entitlement to sick pay, maternity, paternity, and shared parental leave, in accordance with University policies and procedures.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Teaching training from the University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching.
  • Subject-specific teaching mentoring.

Applicants are welcome to sign up to job alerts in order to be notified about any GTA opportunities being advertised.

This is subject to change for each advert.

How to apply

Visit our e-prospectus to see courses available.

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