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LSBU postgraduate research degrees

At LSBU we offer the following postgraduate research degrees through our London Doctoral Academy. These degrees are designed to help you become an innovative and critical expert in your chosen field:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Professional Doctorates in a range of areas including:
    • Education Doctorate (EdD); and
    • Health and Social Care
  • Masters by Research, MA (Res) or MSc (Res)

More information on specific degrees and their entry requirements is available on our Course finder and List of Awards.


We also work with many businesses on major commercial research projects where a postgraduate researcher is incorporated in their projects, often along with additional academic research input from the University. The business and the University jointly cover fees, provide an annual living allowance, and cover other fees such as extended conference funding.

Sustainable Smart Energy Systems (Studentship)

Our new PhD research project will investigate the smart energy systems in London, including secondary and renewable heat and cold utilisation, flexible electricity supply, electric vehicles, demand side management and energy storage.

The project builds upon previous demonstration and modelling studies of secondary heat use within Islington Council’s energy network. It will be undertaken in collaboration with a leading team of engineers and innovators in collaborating companies and organisations such as Transport for London, Islington Council, and E-Car Club.

It is an outstanding career opportunity for a recent graduate both to study for a PhD and also to gain valuable industrial and technical experience in the vibrant field of advanced engineering.

Find out more about the PhD studentship in sustainable smart energy systems (DOCX File 71 KB).

Structure and timing of your degree

The formal output of these research degrees is normally a thesis or collection of written papers (depending on the programme of study). At the end of your degree you will be questioned on your written work and your research at your viva voce oral examination.

Your thesis will set the context of and current and past developments in your chosen research area. It explains your original ideas, the methodology you have selected, your evidence and analysis, and your review and final conclusions. Importantly, the thesis will set out your original contribution to knowledge, which is the basis for your degree. You will be guided by a supervisor or supervisory team who will support your development, provide technical expertise and challenge your thinking.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD target timeline is three or five years to thesis submission - depending on whether you choose full or part-time – plus an additional year for assessment and ratification.

Professional Doctorate

A Professional Doctorate requires extra time for the initial taught modules in the first two years. Following these, the research element of the programme will take between three and five years until submission of your thesis.

Master by Research

The Master by Research programmes normally take between one to two years to thesis submission depending on whether you choose to study full-time or part-time.

Supporting your research

Our supportive systems at The London Doctoral Academy ensure you stay on track with your research project. Your progression is assessed at a series of six-monthly School Panel Reviews that act as a gateway for progression to the next six-month stage, forming an important part of the learning process for both students and supervisors.

This means gaps in knowledge, skills or research development are identified early, so there is time for you to improve and get support where needed. The Panels also give you practice in presenting and defending your research, so you can be confident you will perform well in the final viva voce examination.

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