Why study a research degree?

A research degree (or doctoral degree) provides an opportunity for you to pursue your passion by investigating a specific topic of your choice. You will undertake in depth research into your subject and make a contribution of new knowledge into your chosen field.

You will work with an expert supervisor, who will help you to shape your research project and develop critical and analytical skills.

To help you make an impact with your research you will be encouraged to present your work at seminars and conferences both in the UK and abroad.

Types of Research Degree 

PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

This degree usually takes three years to complete and involves a substantial original contribution to knowledge in the field as well as showing a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field.

DHearingTherapy – Doctor of Hearing Therapy

Gain our Professional Doctorate in Hearing Therapy by studying rehabilitative practices and developing communication and counselling skills at Aston University. Through critical and original reading of audiological practices, you will be equipped to enable problem solving and application of audiology to marginalised and complex patient groups.

Doctor of Optometry (DOptom)/Doctor of Ophthalmic Science (DOphSc)

Offered by the The College of Health and Life Sciences, these doctorates enable eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge and critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline through taught and research elements.

Executive DBA – Doctorate in Business Administration

Offered by Aston Business School, this is a structured programme of study that allows you to undertake a substantial original investigation into a real business and management issue.

 

Our areas of expertise 

Business and Social Sciences

We strongly recommended that you explore our departmental web pages, before applying, so that you can better position your research proposal to fit with academics' current research interests.

Aston Business School 

Accounting

Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship

Marketing and Strategy

Operations and Information Management

Work and Organisation

Aston Law School

Law

School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics

Aston Centre for Europe

Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture

Centre for Language Research at Aston

Engineering and Physical Sciences

We strongly recommended that you explore our departmental web pages, before applying, so that you can better position your research proposal to fit with academics' current research interests. 

Engineering and Technology

Informatics and Digital Engineering

Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineerin

Health and Life Sciences

We strongly recommended that you explore our departmental web pages, before applying, so that you can better position your research proposal to fit with academics' current research interests. 

Medicine

Biosciences

Pharmacy

Optometry

Psychology

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