Research Degrees at Bath Spa

Bath Spa offers opportunities for supervised, original research leading to the degrees of MPhil and PhD.

Work at research degree level is one of the most demanding and rewarding experiences in higher education. It involves direct engagement with a chosen field of study and, through this, the chance to explore ideas and problems in considerable depth, and innovative ways.

Postgraduate research study at Bath Spa University has a number of unique attractions. Our postgraduate awards have developed over the years – often with invaluable input from experts within associated industries – to provide opportunities for advanced study that are both academically challenging and vocationally relevant. The University operates within a vigorous research culture in which students undertaking MPhil and PhD degrees excel, undertaking work at the cutting edge of their fields.

Successful completion of an MPhil or a PhD represents the fulfilment of a person’s intellectual potential and a major life achievement. At Bath Spa University our research focus is on creativity, culture and enterprise with established strengths in:

Art & DesignMusic
Performing ArtsEnglish
HistoryCreative Writing

Bath Spa University secured its best ever results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK programme which assesses the quality and impact of higher education research. The University has tripled its volume of internationally excellent and world leading research, since the previous Research Assessment Exercise in 2008. The University's submission to REF 2014 featured research in Art and Design, Education, English and Creative Writing, History, Music and Performing Arts, and Communication Culture and Media Studies.

Where there are a number of academic staff and doctoral researchers working together around common themes, the University has approved Research Centres and Research Groups. The University particularly welcomes PhD enquiries from potential applicants whose research may complement that of the Centres and Groups. We look forward to talking with you about your plans for postgraduate study.


Useful links

Research Degrees Handbook 2016-17

Current Studentships and Funding Opportunities

How To Apply

If you're a current researcher or supervisor, you can find more information in our The Graduate School section of The Hub.