Master of Philosophy (MPhil): The MPhil is a supervised research degree which takes one year to complete. It can be studied part-time and involves in-depth study in a specific area. 

The awarding body for this award is the University of Chester.  

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): A PhD is a postgraduate supervised research degree that usually takes up to three years full-time to complete (but can also be studied part-time). Your research is written up as a substantial thesis and must show evidence of originality, critical judgment and be at the cutting-edge of your chosen subject. 

The awarding body for this award is the University of Chester.  

Research degrees at Wrexham University can be pursued in a wide range of subjects, not only in those featured in our taught postgraduate programmes. For more information, explore our current research or email

Master of Research (MRes): A taught postgraduate degree which offers the chance to study a specific subject area in greater depth, while developing your understanding of the core principles of research and research skills. There are taught,  structured elements to the programme - covering your chosen subject - and training in research methodology leading to a personalised research dissertation. An MRes is ideal for those who wish to move onto further academic or professional research, such as a PhD, or to use your new postgraduate qualification to progress your career. 

The awarding body for this award is Wrexham University. 

We currently offer MRes degrees in a range of disciplines, including:

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology
  • Applied Clinical Research
  • Applied Biomedical Sciences Research

Modes of Study

Programme Mode of Study Minimum Period of Registration* Maximum Submission Period Maximum Period of Registration
PhD Full-Time 2 years 4 years 10 years
Part-Time 4 years 7 years 10 years
MPhil Full-Time 1 year 4 years 8 years
Part-Time 2 years 6 years 8 years

*Note the minimum period of registration before submission of thesis – early submission before this time is not permitted. To note – our awarding body for research degrees is the University of Chester.

Programme Mode of Study

Minimum Period of Registration

Maximum Period of Registration

Full-Time 12 months 24 months
Part-Time 36 months 60 months

*Note – awarding body is Wrexham University.