Here at ARU, 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.
Our areas of research expertise are expanding, so if you can’t find your area of interest please contact the relevant faculty as we may still be able to accommodate you.
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.
We're happy to consider applications for PhD/MPhil students to conduct their research overseas. Please be aware that due to the nature of PhD research, we can’t consider all topics for overseas research. We’ll consider the following factors when assessing your application.
You’ll be required to travel to the UK to attend our Research Development Programme at least once a year during your studies.
If you need a visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Our Faculty Research Administrators can give you more details.
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.
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.
Your work should have been published within the last ten years and be accessible in the public domain. It should show a continued record of publication, normally within the last two years. If you wish to apply for this award, please contact our Doctoral School.
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.
Professional Doctorates are an innovative, flexible alternative to traditional PhDs, and can be studied part-time while you continue to work.
The first part of the Professional Doctorate is a taught programme. You’ll attend workshops or teaching sessions in order to complete the assignments. Once you have passed this stage, you’ll move onto the research part of the course.
We currently offer the following Professional Doctorates:
By studying a Professional Doctorate you will:
Professional Doctorates are divided into two stages.
Within the Professional Doctorate programme we also offer the following awards: