Find out about Research Degrees at Napier

At Edinburgh Napier University, research students work alongside world-class academics, carrying out research that will make a real impact on society and the world at large.

What types of Research Degrees do we offer?

At Edinburgh Napier, you can study for a PhD, Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), MPhil, Masters by Research (MRes,) or a PhD by Published Works.

You can also choose to study full or part-time, and there are options for studying at a distance too.

Thinking of applying for a Research Degree?

You can search through our current opportunities to identify relevant projects that are open for applications and have supervisory teams in place.

You can also find out more about the research expertise of our academic staff, and speculative approaches can be made to relevant academic staff to see if they can supervise your proposed project.

If you are applying for a research degree you should contact the Research Degrees Admissions team with any queries at


Research Degrees Framework

The Research Degrees Framework  provides detailed information about all aspects of a research degree (If you require an accessible version of this document please contact If you have a question it is probably covered in the Research Degrees Framework – we encourage our research degree students to have a good look through the document as it covers all stages of a research degree.

Our Code of Practice for the Supervision of Research Degrees* outlines our expectations of supervisors and we also have a supervisory agreement that you need to draw up with your supervisory team to help you work well together. (*Please note: the link to the Code has been removed while the Code is revised.)

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Research Degree Regulations

Section D of the University Regulations defines our research degrees, setting out the formal requirements for each type of degree.

Our degrees conform to the UK’s Quality Code for Higher Education - Research Degrees and doctoral Degrees at Edinburgh Napier are awarded at SQCF Level 12.


Covid-19 information

While social restrictions are still in place, our Research Degrees Team are working remotely, and we’ve made some changes to our research degree programmes to keep everyone safe and well.

Most of our research degrees students are working remotely at the moment, and if you need access to campus this should be arranged at School level. We are not accepting paper copies of theses as we have in the past, and viva examinations are currently being held remotely by video conferencing.

Your supervisory team will be in regular contact to help you continue your research during the current restrictions, and you should discuss with them how you could adapt or modify your studies to maintain your progress.

Our Researcher Development Programme is currently running as online webinars, and Schools have been setting up online social catch-ups to help you stay in touch with other students and staff.

Find out about other changes due to Covid-19 and look out for regular updates from the university via your student email account.