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Studying for a research degree

Studying for a research degree

Wrexham Glyndŵr University offers MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) qualifications which are validated by the University of Chester.

A postgraduate research degree allows you to undertake in-depth, independent study in a specific area.

See more information on undertaking research here. For information on tuition fees and any postgraduate research scholarship or studentships that are currently available, please see our fees and student finance page.

For further information on current research at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, please see our research centres.

Entry requirements for research degrees

following programmes are available for research students:

(a) MPhil
(b) MPhil/PhD
(c) PhD - you may be permitted to enrol directly onto a PhD in exceptional circumstances

To complete a PhD you will normally be required to enter the programme on an MPhil route and undertake an upgrade to PhD process durng your studies.

To apply you should possess a UK Honours degree, normally with at least an upper second class honours, or an academic or professional qualification which is deemed to be equivalent.

For International applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh a minimum overall IELTS Score of 6.5 is required.

Modes of study

The normal minimum and maximum periods of registration for a research degree programme are:

Full Time Candidates


Minimum period of registration

Maximum period of registration for thesis submission


1 Year

4 Years


2 Years

4 Years

 Part Time Candidates


Minimum period of registration

Maximum period of registration for thesis submission


2 Year

6 Years



7 Years

 Application procedure for research degrees

There are two intake points each year (normally February and September) when you can enrol and register on a research degree programme following satisfactory completion of the admissions procedure and acceptance onto the programme.

All prospective candidates wishing to undertake a research degree at Wrexham Glyndŵr University are advised to contact the relevant subject area to find out more.

If the necessary expertise for supervision is available, applicants for research degree programmes will usually be interviewed by at least two members of academic staff.

The application will be considered in terms of its academic merit and its viability within the resources available.

Applications to study a research degree at Wrexham Glyndwr University are submitted electronically via the University of Chester's admissions system.


For further information contact:

Student and Programmes Centre (PGR)
Room A26 PP35
Glyndŵr University
Plas Coch
Mold Road
LL11 2AW

Tel: 01978 293063


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