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Edge Hill is home to a thriving and dynamic research culture and offers a range of full-time and part-time research degrees.

Our research programmes are organised and run centrally through the Graduate School who coordinate the training, supervision and support of research students.

Staff in all subject areas across the University are engaged in research and there are a number of research institutes which bring together staff from different departments, alongside visiting professors and professionals from external organisations. This range of expertise ensures that research degrees can be pursued in the majority of subjects offered by Edge Hill.

Is a research study route right for you?

A research degree is ideal if you are looking to:

  • explore a subject of interest in-depth
  • acquire extensive and specialised research skills
  • contribute to knowledge in an area you are interested in
  • enhance your career prospects
  • pursue a career in academia or research

Studying a postgraduate research degree will enable you to immerse yourself in a subject you are passionate about or allow you to independently explore a gap in your area of research. It will also enable you to engage with students in a tailored research degree development programme, allowing you to enhance your insight into other research areas.

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Course options

  • Masters by Research (MRes) programmes are highly flexible courses that provide a short and intensive research experience in a subject area of interest. Covering both practical and theoretical aspects, they are underpinned by the development of  knowledge and skills to design, conduct, evaluate and disseminate your own research in your chosen discipline.
  • Alternatively, or perhaps on completion of an MRes or postgraduate taught course, you may wish to study for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate and position yourself at the cutting edge of knowledge. PhD and Professional Doctorate qualifications are awarded to students who have completed individual programmes of research and written and successfully presented a thesis reporting the results.
Masters by Research (MRes)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Professional doctorate

Money Matters

Our postgraduate money matters guide outlines the tuition fees and financial support arrangements for UK students joining a taught Masters degree, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, MRes or MBA at Edge Hill University.

We can help explain what student funding you may be entitled to receive and how to apply for it. You are encouraged to explore all potential sources of additional funding for your postgraduate studies to maximise the total amount you have to support the payment of tuition fees and your living costs.

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Tuition fee reduction for Edge Hill graduates

Edge Hill University graduates joining our research degrees in academic year 2024/2025 may be eligible for a reduction in tuition fees.

If you complete, or have completed, an Edge Hill undergraduate degree, PGCE or PGDE in the academic years 2022/23 or 2023/24, you may be eligible for 20% off your tuition fees if you start an MRes, PhD or Professional Doctorate in the 2024/25 academic year. This discount applies to both full-time and part-time research programmes.

This offer is available to students with UK resident status. Exemptions to the UK residency criteria may apply for EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or who are Irish nationals. For full eligibility criteria, please see the 2024/2025 Progress to Postgraduate Award Procedure.

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Next steps

If you are interested in joining a research degree at Edge Hill University, you will need to apply directly using the online application form for your preferred programme, mode of study and intake date. Please refer to individual course pages to access the relevant application form.

To visit our stunning campus, you can book your place at an open day. You can also discover the University from home by browsing our virtual open day pages.

To request a postgraduate prospectus, please visit

For further information about any of our research opportunities, you can get in touch with the Graduate School by calling (+44) 01695 650925 or emailing [email protected].

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