Why do research at UEL?

Growing research

You’ll have an even wider choice of study areas at UEL, as we expand the number of our staff working on high-quality research.

Growing output of research

We almost doubled our output of world-leading research, with 62% rated internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Pioneering research

We're researching advanced robotic and neuroimaging techniques to develop pioneering treatments for stroke patients.

Your research at UEL will benefit from our location at the heart of Europe’s largest regeneration area, rich in global companies and street-level creativity.

Our research programmes are wired into that energy, through our many contacts with our east London community neighbours. As part of our Civic Engagement drive, many of our taught research programmes involve working with community projects - helping real people and advancing knowledge at the same time.

There are no barriers. You’ll be working closely with our academic staff - and in many cases have a chance to gain teaching experience by supervising undergraduates. Our postgraduate students highly rate their training and the degree of responsibility we offer: 89 per cent of postgraduate students felt they were encouraged to ask questions or make contributions in taught sessions, while 82 per cent felt their research skills had developed during their courses.

We’ll give you the tools of the trade too: we’ve invested £170 million in new buildings and facilities over the past few years - including our new £14 million library in our Docklands campus.

How do I fund my research?

Start your postgraduate journey today by finding out about our £325,000 package of scholarships and other funding sources. 

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We provide a £325,000 scholarship package for postgraduate students, and have invested heavily in new research facilities.

Continuous support

Our Knowledge Dock helps staff and students develop applied UEL research streams into successful business start-ups.


Our community connections in London and worldwide help our researchers carry out studies benefiting local people.

Our doctoral courses

MPhil PhD in Education

Research at the School of Education and Communities is innovative and responsive to the diverse educational needs of communities: in our own east London community, the rest of the UK, and internationally.

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Prof Doc Counselling Psychology

This course is particularly suited to students interested in undergoing professional training that will equip them for employment as a clinician in the NHS, the voluntary sector or in private practice.

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Prof Doc Data Science

The Professional Doctorate in Data Science (D.DataSc) is aimed at professionals who wish to enhance and/or validate data-centric, evidence-based approaches within their chosen career through a combination of taught modules and doctoral research.

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Prof Doc Educational and Child Psychology

Gain full-time professional training leading towards registration with the Health and Caring Professions Council (HCPC) as an Educational Psychologist.

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Prof Doc Fine Art

This programme is the UK's longest-running Professional Doctorate in Fine Art and is equivalent to a PhD. It is designed for artists working across a range of media and methodologies who wish to make their practice the basis for doctoral study.

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Prof Doc Clinical Psychology

The Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) course provides a comprehensive training programme comprising concurrent academic teaching (on average two days per week) and clinical work placements based mainly in the NHS (on average three days per week). The overarching purpose of the training course is to supply highly competent clinical psychologists for the NHS and related settings.

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ProfDoc Information Security

This programme aims to develop research-based practice amongst professionals currently working within the Information Security area.

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EdD Professional Doctorate in Education

Gain the opportunity and the skills to conduct robust, innovative research that will improve the policy, practice and quality of education.

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Prof Doc Social Work

This course gives you the opportunity and the skills to conduct robust, innovative research that will improve the policy, practice and the quality of education. Your doctorate will enhance your professional capability through critical analysis and the use of research evidence.

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MPhil PhD School of Business and Law

Royal Docks School of Business and Law offers two main research degrees: the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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MPhil PhD Psychology

Studying for a PhD with UEL's School of Psychology will push you to the limit - and you'll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff.

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Architecture, Computing and Engineering MPhil PhD

Studying for an MPhil with UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) will push you to the limit - and you’ll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff.

ACE has strong research expertise in urban sustainability, cyber-security and big data studies. We’re also world leaders in ecological and environmental protection studies - from peat marsh carbon capture to bumblebee conservation.

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Mphil PhD School of Arts and Creative Industries

Studying for a PhD with UEL's School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) will push you to the limit - but you'll be supported all the way.

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HSB has a well-developed postgraduate research culture, across bioscience, health and sport. Our supportive academic supervisors can help you develop your postgraduate ideas and your research skills at the same time. What’s more, you’ll be working in our modern, multi-million facilities and buildings in our Stratford campuses.

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Our research consistently delivers improved outcomes for the delivery of social for adolescent self-harm, suicide prevention and child abuse.

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What are my research options?

By studying for a research  degree at UEL, you are making a big investment in your career, and making yourself stand out in an ever-more competitive jobs market.

A research degree a big commitment, so you’ll need to be highly organised, motivated and able to work independently for a minimum of three years’ full-time study.

Whether you’re motivated by a passion for study, a deep interest in a particular field where UEL has expertise, or simply to advance your career, you’ll find UEL a supportive place to pursue your interests.

The main research-based courses are the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters of Philosophy (MPhil). There are also many professional doctorates – aimed mainly at professionals who have already begun their careers.

You should study the relevant School’s pages and courses to see if there an academic member of staff who might be able to supervise your study.