The ideal stepping stone to doctoral research that develops knowledge and experience
A postgraduate degree can be a stepping stone to doctoral research, helping develop valuable technical skills and the ability to critically analyse others' work. Students are given key skills for completing PhD research – knowledge and hands-on experience of conducting research and interpreting data.
All research students can discuss their work on a one-to-one basis with their supervisors and progress is regularly monitored.
Become an expert
You will become a master of your subject with many transferable skills including self-discipline, analytical and critical thinking. Plus, you'll have the ability to turn criticism of others' work into something constructive of your own.
Ensure your success
As a research student you'll take our Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills alongside your research programme to help prepare you for your research dissertation. Offered free of charge, you'll take modules in:
- Research Methods (M level)
- 1st Progress Report (extensive literature review)
- Skills Portfolio (mixture of transferable research and generic skills)
Build up your skill set
Course modules are offered in both qualitative and quantitative research methods covering: ethics; skills and problems in educational, economic and social research; and oral and written presentation skills, including preparation for report writing and viva voce examinations.
Grow your specialist Social Sciences career
Professionals wishing to train for careers in public and social services or as professional researchers in the private and/or voluntary sector should apply for our standalone MSc Criminology and Social Research Methods.
Free MSc course modules
Students enrolled on our MPhil/PhD projects are eligible to join MSc course modules free of charge. MSc programmes are recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide Research Training (RT).
Following a research degree
To progress onto a Research Degree, you typically need to already hold a first or second class honours degree from any UK university or a qualification considered equivalent by our Research Degrees Committee.
Appropriate members of academic staff are nominated to act as supervisors for research programmes and one academic is appointed as your Director of Studies. This role has overall responsibility for coordinating and managing your research programme – supervision intensity varies according to your needs, mode of study and nature of project.
Building your public profile
Our PhD students lead departmental seminars. These are a great way to enhance presentation skills and act as a forum for gaining valuable feedback. Research funding allows our PhD students to attend conferences to present their work and we support this by offering a series of workshops to develop key skills.
28 August 2019International Conference on Renewable Energy and Vacuum Insulation for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
28 August 2019CIPD courses at LSBU information evening
5 October 2019University Open Day
7 October 2019School of Business Graduation Ceremony 2019
14 October 2019Graduation Ceremony: School of Arts and Creative Industries; School of Applied Sciences; School of Law and Social Sciences
28 October 2019LSBU Graduations 2019: School of the Built Environment; School of Engineering
4 November 2019School of Health and Social Care Graduation Ceremony 2019
9 November 2019University Open Day
27 November 2019Postgraduate Open Evening
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15 August 2019
Chiropractic student wins ‘best new delegate’ at World Congress of Chiropractic Students AGM
6 August 2019
Drama graduates perform at Kingston's International Youth Arts Fringe Festival
8 July 2019
Design students win 2019 PVC Redesigned competition
5 July 2019
Bakery students achieve great success at the Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees Conference 2019
3 July 2019
LSBU first UK university to launch fully chartered town planner apprenticeship scheme
27 June 2019
Engineering the Future: Two teams of LSBU students make it to Design Challenge National Finals
27 June 2019
LSBU celebrates wealth of local business talent at Southwark Business Awards Gala Finale
18 June 2019
Creative Technologies students celebrate work at End of Year Show
14 June 2019