Postgraduate Research Programmes

Accounting - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Agri-Food Technology - MSc by Research

The globally important agri-food sector is intrinsically linked to challenges around land and water use, climate change, health, and wellbeing. This flexible research programme provides the opportunity to develop expertise in a particular area of agri-food science and to consolidate skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.


Animal Behaviour and Welfare - MPhil/PhD

The scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare furthers our understanding of why animals behave in the way that they do, and helps us learn how best to respond to the challenges that animals face when living in captive and wild environments. At Lincoln, this is informed by academics who are considered to be at the forefront of their respective fields in welfare assessment, animal management, evolutionary biology, and animal cognition, and the range of specialist facilities available includes aquatic and reptile facilities, an insectary, and a bioacoustics laboratory.


Animal Behaviour and Welfare - MSc by Research

The scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare furthers our understanding of why animals behave in the way that they do, and helps us learn how best to respond to the challenges that animals face when living in captive and wild environments. At Lincoln, this is informed by academics who are considered to be at the forefront of their respective fields in welfare assessment, animal management, evolutionary biology, and animal cognition, and the range of specialist facilities available includes aquatic and reptile facilities, an insectary, and a bioacoustics laboratory.


Applied Mathematics - MPhil/PhD

As a researcher in the School of Mathematics and Physics, students can benefit from specialist computational facilities, training programmes to enhance research skills, and support from dedicated academic supervisors.


Architecture- Research Opportunities - MPhil/PhD

Researchers in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment contribute to an interdisciplinary community working to advance architectural knowledge and address emerging issues facing professionals in the sector. These can include cultural, social, and spatial characteristics of the built environment and communities, history and theory of architecture, urban design, environmental design, and sustainable built environments.


Art - MA by Research

MA by Research Art is designed to allow independent research in an area of in personal choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. Research proposals are welcomed in contemporary fine art practice, current theoretical issues in art, as well as its histories, live art, and socially engaged practice.


Art - MPhil/PhD

The University of Lincoln offers research programmes at MPhil and PhD level in a range of fine and contemporary art specialisms in a vibrant artistic community. Research students can benefit from a variety of training opportunities to develop their research skills.


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - MPhil/PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offer an understanding of the biological and chemical processes that allow life to thrive, giving us the tools we need to solve key challenges in cell biology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and genetics. Advances in these fields have revolutionised our knowledge of how biological systems work at the molecular level and the mechanisms that underpin a wide range of cellular processes. This enables us to respond to a range of human health problems and diseases through interventions at the molecular and biochemical level. Our MPhil/PhD is designed to enable students to develop their research skills by focusing on a specialist set of research questions.


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - MSc by Research

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offer an understanding of the biological and chemical processes that allow life to thrive, giving us the tools we need to solve key challenges in cell biology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and genetics.


Biology - MPhil/PhD

Biology is the science of life itself, exploring the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms. Biology covers a diverse range of subject areas and our MPhil/PhD is designed to allow students to commence research in their own specialisms.


Biology - MSc by Research

Biology is the science of life itself, exploring the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms.


Bioveterinary Science - MPhil/PhD

Bioveterinary Science at Lincoln provides students with the opportunity to research the science that underlies animal health and disease. This could include the processes surrounding animal health; life histories of pathogens and parasites; infection and immunity; preventative measures, or diagnosis and treatments.


Bioveterinary Science - MSc by Research

This MSc by Research in Bioveterinary Science at Lincoln provides students with the opportunity to research the science that underlies animal health and disease. This could include the processes surrounding animal health; life histories of pathogens and parasites; infection and immunity; preventative measures or diagnosis and treatments.


Chemistry - MPhil/PhD

Chemistry is a fundamental science that underpins a vast array of topics. At Lincoln, the School of Chemistry is focused on advancing the chemical sciences to address real-world problems in society and industry.


Chemistry - MSc by Research

Chemistry is a fundamental science that underpins a vast array of topics. At Lincoln, the School of Chemistry is focused on advancing the chemical sciences to address real-world problems in society and industry.


Computational Physics - MPhil/PhD

Computational physics is a fundamental area of study that underpins a vast array of topics. This research programme offers the opportunity to work with specialists in the field and the chance to develop strong national and international collaborations.


Computer Science - MPhil/PhD

This programme offers the opportunity to work alongside academic staff whose research has been internationally recognised. Researchers in the School include Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering, Professor Nigel Allinson MBE, and Professor of Intelligent Robotics and Interactive Systems, Professor Marc Hanheide. Academics staff at all levels of seniority and research students can benefit from a supportive community and environment in which to share ideas and experiences with the aim of advancing knowledge.


Computer Science By Research - MSc

This research programme offers the opportunity to develop your expertise in a particular area of computer science and to consolidate your skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.


Conservation - MA by Research

This MA by Research is designed to enable students to advance their knowledge in a particular field of conservation. Research areas include archaeological conservation, paint and pigment analysis, preventative conservation, material culture studies, and analysis of historic materials.


Conservation of Cultural Heritage - MPhil/PhD

These programmes of study are designed for students who have a passion to pursue a conservation or heritage-based research project defined by themselves, but with the support of an academic environment and supervisors.


Construction Science and Management - MPhil/PhD

Researchers in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment contribute to an interdisciplinary community working to advance knowledge and to address the emerging challenges facing the built environment industry. This programme is designed to support the career development of future construction science and management leaders.


Creative Writing - MPhil/PhD

The School of English and Journalism offers advanced research opportunities within the subject of creative writing. This research programme aims to provide training for a career in writing, from fiction to screen and radio adaptation.


Criminology - MPhil/PhD

An interdisciplinary subject, criminology draws on a range of perspectives relating to crime looking at sociology, psychology, and law, and as such provides new opportunities for scholarship and advanced research.


Culture and Heritage Management - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Design - MPhil/PhD

Lincoln School of Design is an engaged community which aims to address applied design research problems in the future of the profession, society, and more widely in the world. These include design for a changing population, new forms of production, and designing new cultural experiences.


Drama - MPhil/PhD

While studying for an MPhil or PhD, students have the chance to undertake independent research in an area of their choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. A range of training opportunities enables the development of key research skills.


Economics - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Education - PhD (Professional)

The PhD (Professional) Education is a doctoral research programme of equivalent standing to the traditional Doctor of Philosophy, with a focus on research and professional practice. The course is designed for current and future educators who wish to conduct original research relating to their professional context or area of educational practice, and aims to support the dissemination, development, and management of a range of professional practice and policy development.


Educational Research and Development - MPhil/PhD

This MPhil/PhD is a research qualification aimed at those who are, or aspire to be, senior academic or administrative leaders of primary, secondary, or tertiary educational institutions, or university lecturers and researchers.


Engineering - MPhil/PhD

Engineers provide the critical link between scientific discovery and the practical application of knowledge to meet the needs of business and society.


Engineering - MSc by Research

Engineers provide the critical link between scientific discovery and the practical application of knowledge to meet the needs of business and society.


English - MA by Research

The MA by Research in English is designed for students who have a passion to pursue a research project defined by themselves, but with the support of an academic environment and supervisors.


English - MPhil/PhD

The School of English and Journalism offers advanced research opportunities in the subject of English.


Evolution and Ecology - MPhil/PhD

Conserving biodiversity and avoiding the extinction of species are huge global challenges. It has never been more important for scientists to understand organisms and ecosystems, how they have evolved and are interrelated, and how they respond to the threats they face.


Evolution and Ecology - MSc by Research

This MSc by Research provides an opportunity for students from biological subjects to begin research in life sciences.


Finance - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Food Manufacturing and Technology - MPhil/PhD

The University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing is an internationally recognised provider of education and research in the food manufacturing and technology sector.


Forensic Science - MPhil/PhD

Research students in Forensic Science have the opportunity to work alongside a multidisciplinary team in the School of Chemistry, and can benefit from strong links with industry practitioners.


Forensic Science - MSc by Research

Research students in Forensic Science have the opportunity to work alongside a multidisciplinary team in the School of Chemistry, and can benefit from strong links with industry practitioners.


Geography - MA by Research

Geography is an integrative subject that considers the relationship between human society, their environment, and the global challenges facing the world in the 21st Century. Through independent research, supervisory meetings, and departmental seminars, this research programme provides the opportunity for further research in an area of human geography, and aims to build key skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.


Geography - MSc by Research

Geography is an integrative subject that considers the relationship between human society, their environment, and the global challenges facing the world in the 21st Century. Through independent research, supervisory meetings, and departmental seminars, this research programme provides the opportunity for further research in an area of physical geography, and aims to build key skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.


Health and Social Care - MA by Research

This MA by Research degree provides an opportunity to develop advanced and specific knowledge in a particular field of study. Students have the freedom and flexibility to choose and develop their own subject area and the opportunity to enhance research and project management skills.


Health and Social Care - MSc by Research

This MSc by Research degree provides an opportunity to develop advanced and specific knowledge in a particular field of study. Students have the freedom and flexibility to choose and develop their own subject area, and the opportunity to enhance highly transferable research and project management skills.


Health and Social Care Research Opportunities - MPhil/PhD

The MPhil/PhD programme provides candidates with an opportunity to develop advanced and specific knowledge in a particular field of study. Students will have the freedom and flexibility to choose and develop their own subject area and enhance highly transferable research and project management skills.


History - MA by Research

The MA by Research History provides a supportive academic environment in which to conduct in-depth study and research.


History - MPhil/PhD

Lincoln’s History Mphil/PhD offers advanced research opportunities in the subject of History. Research students can benefit from academic expertise in Roman, Byzantine and medieval history; gender history; history and culture in the 19th Century; and British political history.


Human Geography - MPhil/PhD

Human Geography seeks to explore the relationship between people and their communities, considering language, religion, economic and government structures, and a broad range of other cultural aspects.


Human Resource Management - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


International Relations - MPhil/PhD

The School of Social and Political Sciences benefits from an active research base ensuring that staff are involved in current debates and that you are made aware of relevant developments and issues.


Journalism - MA by Research

Lincoln’s MA by Research Journalism enables students to learn how to manage a complex research project of their choice, while demonstrating initiative and self-reliance in pursuing research goals.


Journalism - MPhil/PhD

The School of English and Journalism offers research opportunities at the highest level of academic qualification: a PhD or a PhD by Practice.


Law - MPhil/PhD

Research students are welcomed into a cross-disciplinary, collaborative academic community where they are encouraged to conduct research with the support of a dedicated supervisory team.


Logistics Management - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Management - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Marketing - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Media & Cultural Studies - MA by Research

The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers supervision for advanced-level research in the subject areas of media and cultural studies, film and television studies, and media and heritage.


Media (including by practice) - MPhil/PhD

The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers a collaborative environment in which to undertake research at doctoral level, whether by thesis, practice portfolio plus commentary, or by publication.


Media and Cultural Studies (Research) - MPhil/PhD

The Lincoln School of Film and Media offers a collaborative environment in which to undertake research at doctoral level.


Microbiology - MPhil/PhD

Microbiology has an impact on multiple aspects of our lives, ensuring our food is safe, treating and preventing disease, developing green technologies, or tracking the role of microbes in climate change, among other applications.


Microbiology - MSc by Research

This MSc by Research provides an opportunity for students from biological subjects to begin research in life sciences.


Nanomaterials Science - MPhil/PhD

Postgraduate research study in nanomaterials science provides an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly pursuit, and contribute original research to a body of academia.


Performing Arts Research Opportunities - MPhil/PhD

While studying for an MPhil or PhD, students are able to undertake independent research in an area of their choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. A range of training opportunities enables the development of key research skills.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - MPhil/PhD

The School of Pharmacy aims to produce passionate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists who able to address many of the major healthcare challenges facing the world in the 2020s and beyond. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists have the potential to forge strong and unique bridges between science and healthcare to improve health outcomes, developing good relationships with patients, healthcare practitioners, and the pharmaceutical industry.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - MSc by Research

The School of Pharmacy aims to produce passionate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists who able to address many of the major healthcare challenges facing the world in the 2020s and beyond. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists have the potential to forge strong and unique bridges between science and healthcare to improve health outcomes, developing good relationships with patients, healthcare practitioners, and the pharmaceutical industry.


Philosophy - MPhil/PhD

The School of History and Heritage offers advanced research opportunities in the subject of Philosophy.


Physical Geography - MPhil/PhD

Understanding the earth’s climate and how it is changing can help us plan for the future and react to global challenges facing the world. Further study in physical geography enables students to explore the processes and patterns in the natural environment and considers the natural sciences of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.


Politics - MPhil/PhD

The active research base in the School ensures that Politics staff are involved in current debates and that students are made aware of new developments and issues in this exciting area. Each research student is supported by a programme of research training and by our staff.


Practice Portfolio in Health and Social Care - PhD

The PhD by Practice Portfolio provides a route for experienced health and social care practitioners, educators, and policy makers to achieve a Doctoral level qualification based on the contribution that they have made to their field of practice.


Psychology - DClinPsy

The DClinPsy Psychology at Lincoln is referred to as the Trent Programme, a multi-agency collaboration between Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham.


Psychology - MSc by Research

MSc by Research students are able to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their own choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from two academic supervisors who have specialist knowledge of the subject area. Students can also receive training in research methods and have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s seminar series.


Psychology - Research Opportunities - MPhil/PhD

MPhil and PhD students are able to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from two academic supervisors who have specialist knowledge of the subject area. Students can also receive training in research methods and have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s seminar series.


Pure Mathematics - MPhil/PhD

This MPhil/PhD in Pure Mathematics enables students to investigate the purely abstract, theoretical areas of mathematical discovery at the highest level. Students in the University’s School of Mathematics and Physics are able to work alongside specialists within the field in a vibrant community, sharing ideas and experiences.


Social Policy - MPhil/PhD

Social Policy is concerned with the causes of social problems and what local and national governments attempt to do about them. Areas of interest at the School of Social and Political Sciences include poverty and social exclusion, homelessness policy, education, and family policy.


Social Sciences - MPhil/PhD

Postgraduate research in the School of Social and Political Sciences is informed by the expertise of its team of academics, who have long-standing links to industry, government, research organisations, and the voluntary sector.


Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Studies - MPhil/PhD

The School of Sport and Exercise Science offers a wide range of research degree opportunities across various disciplines within sport and exercise science and sports studies, drawing on the specialist research interests of members of our staff. Registration for the MPhil/PhD or PhD allows you to devise and pursue a chosen topic of enquiry under the supervision of staff with expertise in that area.


Sport and Exercise Science/Sports Studies - MSc by Research

This MSc by Research is designed to meet the career needs and personal aspirations of students with a particular interest in sport and exercise science.


Tourism - MPhil/PhD

Doctoral candidates pursue original research with the goal of making a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, their chosen field. As a postgraduate researcher you can become an integral part of our research community, working with leading academics whose research has gone on to impact business, policy, and society on an international scale.


Zoology - MPhil/PhD

The study of zoology is an exploration of how animals have evolved, how they function, and the ways in which they interact with their environment. The subject integrates anatomy, physiology, behaviour, ecology, evolution, and conservation to provide a comprehensive understanding of species structure and diversity. Humans have created a rapidly-changing world to which animals have had to adapt. Understanding the amazing diversity of animals that share our planet helps us to understand our origins, as well as predict future evolution.


Zoology - MSc by Research

This MSc by Research provides an opportunity for students from biological subjects to begin research in life sciences. The study of zoology is an exploration of how animals have evolved, how they function, and the ways in which they interact with their environment. The subject integrates anatomy, physiology, behaviour, ecology, evolution, and conservation to provide a comprehensive understanding of species structure and diversity. Humans have created a rapidly-changing world to which animals have had to adapt. Understanding the amazing diversity of animals that share our planet helps us to understand our origins, as well as predict future evolution.


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