About the programme

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

How to Apply

We recommend that you discuss your proposed research with the appropriate member of the academic staff in the Life & Medical Science before submitting your application. Please name this staff member when submitting your application.

You may need to include an outline research proposal.

For informal enquiries, please contact the relevant Departmental Research Tutor:

Download an application form

Application forms should be returned to Mrs Liz Day, Health and Human Sciences Research Student Administrator by email at e.day2@herts.ac.uk

Why choose this programme?

  • An internationally recognised research qualification.
  • Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level.
  • Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience.
  • Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Life Sciences conducts high quality research in the areas of Pharmacology; biotechnology and molecular biology; geography and environmental sciences; and applied and health aspects of sports science. The School has a large number of postgraduate students undertaking full-time research in these disciplines leading to the awards of MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD. There are also a number of industry-based graduates registered for research degrees on a full-time or part-time basis. Research in the discipline areas is headed by internationally recognised staff with positions on many national and international associations and professional bodies.

Entry requirements...

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.

Programme fees

Dates

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
29/09/201831/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)
01/02/201931/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201831/07/2019Apply online (Part Time)
01/02/201931/07/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
29/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
01/02/202031/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)
01/02/202031/07/2020Apply online (Part Time)