What is a research degree?

Research degrees are the highest level of degree usually awarded by UK universities. Successful completion of a PhD or professional doctorate allows the holder to title themselves 'doctor'.


PhD and MPhil degrees are different from taught degrees - such as Bachelors or Masters degrees - because the programme is an independent research project, rather than a programme of assessed coursework.

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Professional doctorates

Professional doctorates are equivalent to a PhD but have a focus on a specific professional context.

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Doctoral Training Partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) or Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are multi-institutional schemes designed to support the training of the next generation of world-class researchers.

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Distance learning

Our distance learning programmes offer a flexible way to study for a research degree - allowing you to gain a University of Leicester research degree wherever you are in the world.

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