Postgraduate study options

At Glasgow Caledonian we offer a wide variety of postgraduate programmes that embrace full-time, part-time and distance learning study options. You can choose to build on your first degree from the university’s range of Masters Programmes, or enhance your future prospects with a “direction change” postgraduate degree.

We have an excellent reputation for Applied Research, so perhaps a Research Studentship is your fresh horizon. There are many “learning in later life” opportunities too, both for those who want to update their knowledge and those choosing to take a degree course for the first time.

Here you’ll find a university with superb facilities, teaching excellence and a vocational education that strikes the optimum balance between study and social life. Equally important, you’ll discover that the university campus and the City of Glasgow are friendly, welcoming and fun places to be.

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MPhil/Research Degrees

Opportunities for research leading to the higher degrees of MPhil or PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University are available in all departments. There are currently 370 research students within the university, studying on a full-time or part-time basis.  

The period of registration for an MPhil ranges from a minimum of 18months full-time to a maximum of 4 years on a part-time basis, with a PhD programme requiring between 30 months and 6 years of study.

You should normally hold a good honours degree in a subject appropriate to your research topic, but equivalent professional qualifications and appropriate experience may also be considered under our policy of accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). All research proposals leading to registration for the award of MPhil or PhD are considered by our Research Degrees Committee as part of the quality assurance procedures and to ensure that students are adequately supervised during their periods of research.


A number of research studentships are available in the university for a period of three years. Studentships give successful applicants a maintenance grant, access to all university facilities and entitlement to apply for registration for an MPhil or PhD. These are advertised in the local and national press.