Completing a postgraduate research degree at the University of Greenwich is a richly-rewarding experience.

As a research student, you will be looking for a research environment that enables you to develop your ideas in order for you to succeed. Generally, you can commence your studies at any time during the academic year although we strongly advise that you to start in September or January so that you can join our induction processes and meet other students who are starting their studies at the same time. The Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences have student intake mainly in September and January but students may start at other times under exceptional circumstances. The Greenwich Business School allow applicants to start only in September and January, please check for the application closing dates.

Postgraduate research students (PGRs) are welcomed into the University through two broad routes in response to (i) externally advertised projects or (ii) self-funded projects. In the former case, the nature of the project has been defined through dialogue between the funder and the academic(s), and any recruited PGR is therefore joining a well-configured project/team, with the necessary expertise and infrastructure already in place.  In the latter case, a dialogue needs to take place between the applicant and academic(s) to fully define the project and identify the lead supervisor prior to registration.

All PGRs joining the University need to undergo a rigorous assessment process, involving an interview.

Please note: Applications to the Medway School of Pharmacy are made through the University of Kent.

Contacting the Faculty and Identifying a potential supervisor

If you already have an idea of which academic you would like to supervise your project then please make contact with them and discuss your proposal.

If you do not have the name of a supervisor, but would like to know if the University is currently undertaking research in a particular area, please see details as follows:

Greenwich Business School: https://www.gre.ac.uk/bus/research

Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences https://www.gre.ac.uk/ehhs/research

Faculty of Engineering and Science https://www.gre.ac.uk/es/research

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences https://www.gre.ac.uk/las/research

Institute for Lifecourse Development (ILD)  https://www.gre.ac.uk/institute-lifecourse-development

Natural Resources Institute (NRI) https://www.nri.org/

You are encouraged to make contact with staff who will be able to discuss the potential fit of your research proposal. Following on from this initial contact, you may be able to arrange a meeting (face-to-face, online or by telephone) to discuss your ideas further prior to submitting an application.

Joining an established research group

A number of our MPhil/PhD/EdD students apply to join an established research group, by applying for a funded studentship where a project design has already been decided. Studentships are advertised on our studentship and scholarships page, and websites such as www.findaphd.com. If you apply for one of the advertised studentships, please ensure that you include the scholarship/studentship reference number in the Personal Statement section of the application form so that we can identify which studentship you are applying for. Self-funded projects may also be advertised directly by the faculties on websites including www.findaphd.com.

Entry requirements

Before applying to undertake a research degree (MPhil, PhD, EdD) you need to ensure that

  • You have a realistic plan on how you are going to fund both your fees and living expenses through the research and writing up process
  • You meet the entry requirements for entry onto the MPhil/PhD programme which are:
    • a taught Masters degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (eg 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(s) areas relevant to the proposed research project
  • You meet the entry requirements for entry onto the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme which are:
    • a taught Master’s degree, with a minimum average of 60% (e.g. Merit level or above) in all areas of assessment (e.g. 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(s) area relevant to the proposed research project
    • A minimum of five years of professional experience
    • In exceptional circumstances, applicants with less than a 60% average score, who have held senior positions and intend to conduct research on areas specific to their professional engagement, might be considered subject to the approval of the Associate Dean for Research and the Programme Leader

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

  • a Bachelors or Masters degree transcript from the UK or UKVI recognised Majority English Speaking Country (MESC). A full list of MESCs can be found on the application process page.

OR

  • For the Business School, Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.
  • For the Faculty of Engineering & Science, an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in all elements or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

For information on the admission criteria and procedure for a Doctorate by Published Work or a Higher Doctorate, please refer to Section C of the Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Research Awards.

To find out more information on funding your studies visit our funding opportunities page, studentship and tuition fee pages.

Application process

Details on the application process are available on what is required at the time of application.