MSc By Research

MSc By Research

The MSc (by Research) is very similar to a PhD, but with a research project designed to take 12 months. It is not intended as a first step towards a PhD, but rather as an alternative to a PhD. There are no associated lectures, classes or written examinations. However, if you wish, you can still decide to change programme and register for MPhil/PhD and use your MSc (by Research) year as the first year of a PhD. The project can be in any of the subject areas for which supervision is available.

Typical Projects

The projects available for the MSc (by Research) do not cover all subject areas, therefore it is recommended that you enquire whether the MSc (by Research) can be offered in an area/s of your choice before you apply. Please contact Research Admissions at to discuss further.

Graduate Destinations

Graduates from MSc (by Research) degrees tend to go on to further research (e.g. PhD) or careers in industry. Please see our Case Studies page for details of previous research students in the Faculty.

Entry Requirements

For UK and EU applicants, entry requirements would typically be a recognised UK first degree, second class honours or above, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area. Please check our latest requirements.

Funding and Costs

The latest information on fees and studentships is available on the University of Central Lancashire website.

>> How much will it cost?

>> UCLan Research Bursaries and Studentships

>> Postgraduate Loans – please visit to see if you are eligible

>> International students

How to Apply

For the latest information on how to apply, please see our research page on the UCLan website

>> How to apply

Alternative Options

The Faculty also offer a range of taught MSc courses. For more information, please see the UCLan course search.