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.
To ensure we can assess your application efficiently, please refer to our Guidance Notes for Completing a Research Statement (Word doc 53k).
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:
Once your application has been submitted, it will be received and reviewed by the relevant Faculty. You will then go through the Faculty recruitment process and informed of their decision.
When your Research Proposal has been formally approved and accepted and you have met all the conditions on your offer letter you will be sent instructions on how to enrol onto your programme.
(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.
Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:
To submit an application click on one of the Research Areas available for study listed below.
|Architecture & the Built Environment||Art & Design|
|Biological Sciences||Biomedical Sciences|
|Computing & Mathematics||Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences|
|English Language and Literature||Computer Science|
|Languages & Related Subjects||Law|
|Library & Information Management||Linguistics|
|Media & Communication||Microbiology|
|Social Sciences/Social Policy||Sports Science|
|Social Work/Social Care||Chemistry|
|Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation|