Research Degrees at Bath Spa

We offer opportunities for supervised, original research leading to the degrees of PhD and MPhil.

Postgraduate research is one of the most demanding and rewarding experiences in higher education. It involves direct engagement at the cutting edge of a chosen field of study and the chance to explore ideas and problems in depth and in innovative ways. Successful completion of a research degree 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 & Design
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • English
  • History
  • Creative Writing
  • Education
  • Psychology


We received recognition of our internationally excellent and world leading research in the results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) programme in 2014. The REF assesses the quality and impact of higher education research and found that Bath Spa has tripled its number of internationally excellent and world leading research since the previous exercise in 2008.

Where we have a critical mass of researchers working together around common themes, the University has established Research Centres and Groups. The University particularly welcomes research degree 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 research study. 

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