Three students chat while sat around a table studying in the Catalyst building.Edge Hill University is home to a thriving research culture and offers a range of research degrees, from an MRes programme to PhDs and Professional Doctorates.

Studying a Masters by Research (MRes) degree enables you to gain specialist knowledge in a subject area of interest. This innovative qualification provides a short and intensive research experience, centred on independent study, which is underpinned by the development of research knowledge, as well as skills relevant to the discipline being studied.

Completing an MRes is ideal preparation for studying a PhD or Professional Doctorate where you can make a major and original contribution to knowledge or create knowledge that advances professional practice.


Course Name Qualification UCAS Code
Doctor of Philosophy PhD Apply Direct
Education (EdD) Professional Doctorate Apply Direct
Emergency Services Management (DESM) Professional Doctorate Apply Direct
Masters by Research MRes Apply Direct

Our Research degrees page provides further information about studying an MRes, PhD or Professional Doctorate at Edge Hill University.


Two students study a mobile phone screen while working on computers in the Catalyst building.Departmental facilities for each subject area are complemented by the University library in the £26m Catalyst building.

The library stocks around 200,000 items, including books, journals, e-resources and multimedia. In addition, you can access PCs, laptops, software and assistive technologies.

Extensive social learning areas and study spaces enable group discussion, quiet work and silent study, with dedicated support available for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).

Open Days and Virtual Events

A prospective student and her mother receive advice from a member of staff during an open day.If you are considering studying at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into the student experience is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day.

You can tour the campus, including the halls of residence, with a student guide. There will also be opportunities to attend presentations and view subject facilities.

Alternatively, our virtual open day pages offer the chance to discover everything that Edge Hill University has to offer and find out more about any subjects of interest, including research degrees, through a series of online activities.

Book your place at an open day 

View our virtual open day pages

Chat Online with our Postgraduate Recruitment Manager

If you’re interested in postgraduate study at Edge Hill University, you can chat online with Rachael Buckley, our Postgraduate Recruitment Manager.

Rachael will be online every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm to answer any questions you might have about our postgraduate courses, entry criteria or how to apply.

You are also welcome to get in touch with us via live chat at any other time, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, when our Course Enquiries team will be happy to assist you.

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