Research Degrees

Studying for a research qualification at Harper Adams could change your future, and the world around you. Whether you're looking to extend your studies or add to your industry experience, this is your opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the biggest challenges that we face.

We've been developing and awarding research degrees for over two decades and building our links with agri-business since the very beginning. As a result, 90% of Harper Adams PhD graduates have found work in their areas of interest.

Key facts

  • Choose from a one year (MRes), two year (MPhil) or three year (PhD) research degree.
  • Excellent completion rates for higher degrees.
  • Great job prospects in industry, government organisations and academia.
  • Rural location, unique facilities and collegiate atmosphere.
  • Fortnightly research seminar programme.

“Strategic and applied research underpins Harper Adams' mission to provide higher education for a sustainable food chain and rural economy. Our research and reach-out strategies are focused to meet the challenge of rural sustainability.”

The right environment for research

As a MPhil/PhD research student, you'll have your own office space and personal computer. Surrounded by 550 hectares of university farmland, with access to a unique set of facilities and staff who are experts in their field, you'll have everything you need for your research to flourish.

Gain more than a qualification

Research takes more than academic skills, and your career could see you do everything from policy development to technical work. That's why we offer a Professional Development Programme alongside your research degree.

You'll meet with specialist advisors to discuss your career and research aims and we'll work with you to create a development plan. From there, we'll offer you training in communication and presentation skills, career planning and networking, research and writing, time and project management, organisational strategies and team-working.

How to apply

Master of Research (MRes)

We have a number of MRes programmes available. Check the course pages for details and contacts.

Studentships

Funded MPhil/PhD opportunities are available in the form of studentships. We list these on our vacancies website and update them regularly. Take a look at the studentships available and apply directly through the studentship posting. You can also sign up for email alerts and receive a notification when a new studentship is available.

Self-funded applicants

As a self-funded applicant, you can undertake any research project, so long as it fits within one of our research themes. It may also help to look at our staff profiles and see their areas of interest, expertise and current projects. To apply, simply fill out an online application form on our vacancies website.

Contact the Research Office

For further information and advice please contact:

FAQ
What are the entry requirements for MPhil/PhD admission?

You will need a minimum 2:1 or equivalent bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject or a high grade point average bachelor's degree for international applicants. Further research experience or a master's degree is preferable.

How can I obtain funding for my PhD?

Funded studentships will be advertised on our vacancies website. You can find details of other funding opportunities on our Fees and Funding pages. If you're an overseas students you may be able to apply for funding from your government. If you're from a Commonwealth country, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Scholarship.

What are the tuition fees?

Download the latest Fees and Charges booklet for information on the current fees for research degrees and other postgraduate programmes.

How long will I study for?

The minimum period of study for a PhD is two years and for a MPhil one year and three months. However, most projects will take at least three years for PhD and two years for MPhil. Some projects with lengthy animal or crop field experiments may take up to four years.

Do you accept international students for part-time study?

Normally international students are only accepted for full-time study.

What are the English Language requirements for international students?

Visit our English Language Requirements page for the minimum language requirements for our courses.

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