Historic moment as new agreement will see postgraduate research degrees offered at Hartpury

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University Centre Hartpury will recruit students for postgraduate research degrees for the first time, after signing an agreement with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

This agreement will see Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and research projects supervised at Hartpury from January next year. UWE Bristol will be the awarding body for the degrees.

Experienced Hartpury research staff will supervise students in four key research areas. These are Animal Welfare; Equestrian Performance; Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing; and Pedagogy, Practice and Community.

Professor Tony Ghaye, Hartpury’s Graduate School Director, said: “This is a very important development for postgraduate education at Hartpury and another positive step on our journey to becoming a university.

“These research degree projects will build upon our strengths, which are characterised by applied research that is industry-informed and has high practical impact. It’s important that we work collaboratively with industry to help solve real-world problems, and in doing so benefit those we work with in organisations and communities.” 

While completing their research degrees, students will have access to a newly refurbished postgraduate centre as a place to study, share ideas, write and enjoy a feeling of being part of Hartpury’s developing postgraduate community.

Students can complete their projects in a full or part-time mode, with the first students starting January. Further students will be able to register at Easter and in October.

If you’re interested in postgraduate research study you can email Hartpury’s Graduate School Director, Professor Tony Ghaye at postgraduate@hartpury.ac.uk

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