Postgraduate - research prospectus

Science - Research, MPhil/PhD

Join world-leading research teams with a diverse range of expertise to study for a research degree in Science (MPhil/PhD) at the University of Greenwich.

We offer advanced research training opportunities across a broad range of areas, including chemistry, pharmacy, biomedical science, environmental science and sports science. Our research degree is designed by four departments: Medway School of Pharmacy, the Natural Resources Institute, Life and Sports Science, and Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Science. Research activities are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories and computer facilities.

You will initiate and interpret new knowledge, led by your understanding of a substantial body of knowledge in your academic discipline. Recent projects by our research students include solar energy conversion, fragment-based drug discovery, the treatment of contaminated soils by accelerated carbonation, and the integrated production of bio-diesel from rapeseed oil. Once you complete your training, you'll be ideally suited to work in academic or industrial research environments.

Duration

  • 3-4 years full-time
  • 4-7 years part-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Normally, you register for the MPhil and transfer to the PhD at the end of the first year, subject to satisfactory progress.
  • You’ll benefit from dedicated research lab space and state-of-the-art facilities at our Medway Campus in Kent. There are several local hospitals for NHS-based placements and a wide range of private and research laboratories, including Kent Science Park.
  • The Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent. It specialises in pharmacy, pharmacology, physiology and chemistry.
  • The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a unique multidisciplinary academic centre with an established reputation for high quality research and training in global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction.
  • The MPhil is 18-36 months full-time and 30-48 months part-time. The MPhil/PhD is 36-48 months full-time and 48-84 months part-time.

What you will study

The normal route accepted by the University is to register first as MPhil student, and transfer to PhD after demonstrating sufficient progress in your research. To do this you will need to apply for the MPhil/PhD programme. 

Programme duration; 

MPhil is 18-36 months full-time and 30-48 months part-time; 

MPhil/PhD is 36-48 months full-time and 48-84 months part-time.For further information, guidance on how to apply and an application form, please visit www.greenwich.ac.uk/research/study

About the course team

The course is designed collaboratively between the Medway School of Pharmacy, Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and the School of Science, offering a variety of choice. The majority of our team are research active, with over 100 faculty members eligible for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). We have 12 professors in the field of science and a growing number of Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • A taught Master's degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (i.e. Merit level or above), in a generic subject area relevant to the subject matter of the proposed research project, and/or
  • A First Class or Second Class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours degree in a subject area relevant to the proposed research project.

In addition to the above, applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the English Language requirement, which is:

OR

  • an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements, or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

For further information and the application form, see applying for a postgraduate research degree.

You can also contact the Faculty by email: fes_research_office@gre.ac.uk.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

This course creates a structured route into scientific research.

Research students are usually provided with a supervisory team to guide you through your research project. Your supervisors are usually research staff from within the faculty, although we may appoint from another department or from outside the university if suitable.

Class sizes

Students on this course benefit from dedicated lab space.

Independent learning

A research degree is a major piece of original work. Most of your study time will be spent working independently, with support from your supervisory team.

You may also wish to factor in other research activity, such as participation at seminars, events and conferences, or working towards publications.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job over a 3-year period. For part-time students, this will adjust accordingly.

Assessment

The MPhil/PhD Programme is assessed by a written thesis and a viva including an external examiner, an internal examiner and a panel chair. For PhD study, students initially register for MPhil and undergo an internal transfer review after one year of research, to determine their readiness for full PhD registration.

Feedback summary

You receive regular feedback from your supervisory team, which meets formally every two weeks, but informally much more often. A faculty-level committee reviews your progress annually and helps to shape the direction of the project.

The oral examination (or viva) takes place a few weeks after the submission of the thesis and is assessed by an external researcher knowledgeable in the field of study.

Dates and timetables

Enrolment on the PhD/MPhil programme can take place at any time during the academic year.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

MPhil and PhD graduates in Science can pursue careers in industry, government and academia.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide employment opportunities.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

You will have a supervisory team of at least two academic members of staff. They bring their academic expertise to the project and support you through the development and delivery of your project. The PhD and Master's by Research courses also have dedicated course leaders who maintain oversight and act as an additional, independent point of contact.

PhD students will complete a programme of tailored training, coaching and mentoring activities delivered by the university's Research and Enterprise Training Institute (RETI).

Support from the department

In addition to supporting you with laboratory space and other infrastructure required for your project, departments also provide office space and a supportive and stimulating research environment. We also encourage you to deliver your findings at external conferences and other networking events.

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