The Pre Research Degree Course

The Pre Research Degree Course (PRDC) comprises one, six month module (Pre Research Degree Module 8RR001).  Overall it provides a bridging course to MPhil /PhD for students who do not meet the criteria for these research degrees in the research proposal (as set out in the Expression of Interest), has potential, but requires more development to be acceptable (as a RESPROP) for the full Research Degree.

The course enables students to develop generic and subject specific research knowledge to prepare them for future research degree studies.  This course focuses on developing Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities, Personal Effectiveness, and Engagement Impact and Influence. Students will analyse their research development needs in these areas, and will develop an Independent Learning Plan and identify developmental opportunities and engage with these.

Further information can be found in the PRDC Guide.

We are currently looking forward to welcoming the 2024 intake.


Applicants for the PRDC will have already completed an Expression of Interest (EOI) form for a research degree and will have been offered a place on the Pre Research Degree on the basis of an assessment of this EOI.  They will not need to submit another one.

In line with other Research Degrees, students can start the PRDC throughout the year.  The Admission date is likely to be on the first Monday of the month.  The Offer letter will provide details of where to report to on the first day and the name of the Postgraduate Research Tutor within the Faculty who will carry out a brief induction at Faculty level.

Please be aware that if a Tier 4 visa is required, visa applications should be submitted at least 7-8 weeks before the intended start date of the course to allow time for the visa to be processed. If students need help with the visa application they can contact the Visa & Immigration Support Officer for advice.  See website or e mail




Home students and international students firmly accepting an unconditional offer of a place on the Pre Research Degree course but not requiring the English Language option, will be charged £2,000.  Where a student progresses from the Pre-Research Degree course to a Research Degree, a £2,000 discount off the first year Research Degree fee will apply.  



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