Research Degrees

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. Please familiarise yourself with the research that is conducted at Brunel and decide where your own research would best fit.

Research at Brunel 


The 'traditional' PhD involves an in-depth exploration of a research topic. The degree is awarded to students who demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their discipline together with a distinct and original contribution to knowledge within that discipline. Both full-time (over 3-4 years) and part-time (over 4-8 years) study routes are available.

As part of practice-based PhDs students can present evidence of knowledge, understanding and originality through the medium of creative work (for example a substantial piece of creative writing, musical composition or practical performance in dance or drama), supported by an appropriate critical written commentary.


An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic in less depth than a PhD and is typically studied over a shorter period (1-year full-time). Unlike a PhD, MPhil students are not required to demonstrate a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in their discipline. Students may choose to register for an MPhil as a stand-alone qualification.

Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route)

Brunel is one of a number of leading UK universities, committed to international excellence in postgraduate training, that offers the New Route programme. This is an integrated 4-year PhD that combines research with a structured programme of advanced training in discipline-specific and generic skills.

Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route)


A Master of Research degree can typically be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as the first stage of a 1-year PhD programme. It comprises a blend of taught modules in research-focused skills an knowledge with a specialised dissertation. Brunel currently offers MRes degrees in the following subject areas: Bioengineering, Social Anthropology.



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