Postgraduate research programmes
We currently have over 50 people doing research degrees, either full time or part time. (Meet some of them.)
Advanced research degrees are offered at three levels. If you wish to gain a PhD you must first register either for an MLitt or for MPhil, depending on your previous qualifications. You will be able to upgrade to higher levels if you demonstrate satisfactory progress.
These degrees are purely by research, although you will be welcome to audit units (modules) that are offered at lower levels, and if you are resident full time in Bristol you are encouraged to play a full part in the community and worship life of the college.
‘Full time' means that you will be expected to work a full day every weekday on your research. If you wish to do part-time employment or pastor a church, you will be registered as ‘part time'.
Supervision is arranged by the department subject to a satisfactory research proposal and availability of appropriate supervision.
You can register for these degrees either in September (deadline for applications 15 October) or January (deadlines 15 March and 15 May) each year.
Dr Justin Stratis is Director of Postgraduate Research
This degree requires a dissertation of 25,000 words and can be completed full time within one year or part time over two years. An upgrade to MLitt can be submitted up to nine months after registration (18 months for part time) and requires 8,000-10,000 words and a viva examination.
This dissertation is 50,000 words and can be completed full time with a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years (double for part time). An upgrade to PhD can be submitted no later than two years after starting (four years for part time) and requires 15,000 words and a viva examination.
For this level a dissertation of 80,000 words is required with a viva examination.
Research seminars are held fortnightly during term time, and they provide an important opportunity for students to present papers and discuss their research, as well as to meet senior scholars who come from time to time to present papers.
Those who choose to do their research at a distance or from abroad are expected to come to the college at least six weeks per year (three weeks if part time) to connect with the college and its community.
Find out more...
• You will find more details about postgraduate study at Trinity (including admission requirements, fees, what to do about a visa, accommodation and schooling) in our Introducing Postgraduate Research Programmes (pdf format)
• To find out about our tutors' current research interests, go to Faculty Teaching Responsibilities and Research Interests (pdf)
• To find out how to apply, see How to Apply for Postgraduate Research Programmes
• For further guidance, see:
Guidance for Postgraduate Research University of Bristol Applications
Research Proposal Guidelines
Postgraduate Research Programmes: Applicants' Supplementary Information Form (pdf)
Postgraduate Research Programmes: Applicants' Supplementary Information Form (doc)
Character Reference Form (pdf)
Character Reference Form (doc)
Postgraduate Research Administrator, Samantha Hands Email