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 (PDF, 1.8 MB)   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 (Word, 23 kB) 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.