PhD Programmes

Overview

The aim of our research programmes is to give each student the most solid base possible to launch further research and career development. We endeavour to provide our students with the relevant and appropriate research skills development and methods training and also support the development of each students research related skills such as IT, presentation and career planning skills.

Research degrees may be undertaken in prescribed fields of study and disciplines in which the University has appropriate and relevant research expertise and resources to support high-quality research degree programmes.

Students are awarded research degrees who have satisfied a team of specially-appointed examiners that both the thesis and the oral defence demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes appropriate to the award sought.

The Application Process

To ensure we can assess your application efficiently, please refer to our Guidance Notes for Completing a Research Statement (Word doc 53k).

International Students

Hints and tips for MPhil and PhD proposal writing please see the following document How to write a MPhil and PhD Proposal (Word doc 21k)

Information on our supervisors and their areas of research expertise, please refer to:

Faculty of Arts Research Supervisors

Supervisors Faculty of Science & Engineering

Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing Supervisors

Faculty of Social Sciences Research Supervisors

Once your application has been submitted, it will be received and reviewed by the relevant Faculty. 

(Where there are delays in the applicants funding, visa application, ATAS certificate, the University will offer the next available start date).

Please also be aware it takes approximately 2 months to complete the above process. Overseas applicants should refer to guidance from our International Centre.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:

  • a first or upper second class honours degree, or
  • a master’s degree, or
  • evidence of prior practice or learning that is accepted by the Dean of Research
  • an applicant whose entry award was not delivered in English, or non-native speaker of English shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in English to the level of an overall IELTS score of 7.0 

To submit an application click on one of the Research Areas available for study listed below.

Research Areas available for Study 

Architecture & the Built Environment Art & Design                                
Biological Sciences Biomedical Sciences
Botany Business
Computing & Mathematics Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences
Education Engineering
English Language and Literature Computer Science
Forensic Science Health
History Humanities
Languages & Related Subjects Law
Library & Information Management Linguistics
Media & Communication Microbiology
Molecular Biology Music
Nursing Performing Arts
Pharmacy Psychology
Social Sciences/Social Policy Sports Science
Social Work/Social Care  Chemistry
Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation  Philosophy