Research study

Broaden your horizons with a research degree from Manchester Met

A research degree at Manchester Metropolitan University will enable you to determine your own field of study within a range of subject areas.

As a member of our Graduate School, you will be part of a dynamic global culture of research and enterprise enabling you to base your work on the very latest developments.  Manchester Met prides itself on its flexible approach to study providing opportunities for full-time and part-time study either by a traditional campus-based or distance-learning route.

We have a number of research study routes available


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Published Work (Route 1)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Published Work (Route 2)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Professional Practice

This is doctoral study and is the highest form of education degree awarded at our University. It is an opportunity to study your chosen subject in depth under the guidance of professional academic staff. This journey will start with you joining a research project and/or devising an original research proposal.

You will be guided through your research study programme by a supervisory team who you will meet on a regular basis.

Your study will culminate in the submission of a thesis for examination.

We offer the opportunity to gain your research degree by Distance Learning in some subject areas.

If you don’t have the appropriate qualifications prior to entry, you may be advised to enrol on an MPhil then continue on to study a PhD later on.

See our PhD Research areas

Professional Doctorate

The Professional Doctorate course, which we offer in the fields of Education and Health & Social Care, is a course for practising professionals in the area. You will need a Masters degree before you are accepted on a professional doctorate.

The course has two elements:

  • Part A – number of units with a cohort of students, which you will need to pass before progressing to Part B.
  • Part B – research element. During the research element, you will complete a doctoral project and submit a thesis relating to your professional practice under the guidance of a supervisory team.

Find out more about a Doctor of Education (EdD)

Find out more about a Professional Doctorate in Health & Social Care


This is a masters level course but it is for a slightly longer duration than MA, MSc or LLM (by research).

See our MPhil Research areas

Masters by Research

This is a MA, MSc or LLM (by research) course.

You will devise your own research project and direct your own studies under the supervision of academic staff rather than attending a set timetable of lessons.

You should expect to attend for regular meetings with your supervisor and to submit written work or projects according to University deadlines.

View our Masters by Research courses

How to apply Entry requirements Scholarship and self-funded opportunities

You will receive comprehensive training in research methods and develop a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by academic and non-academic employers. As well as the workshops, research seminars and conferences on offer there is also the possibility of gaining teaching experience and attending external workshops and conferences. The University hosts an annual national conference for research students and you can gain experience in designing, organising and delivering the conference.  You will also be invited to take part in National events such as the 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Student Profile

Zeyad Waleed Albuahamel

PhD student from Saudi Arabia

"This is my fourth year at Manchester Metropolitan, and I can truly say that I find everyone here helpful, supportive and friendly. I have studied in different departments but have always felt that I am part of the organisation."

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Research Study