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:
Faculty of Arts Research Supervisors (Excel doc 38k)
Faculty of Science and Engineering Supervisors (Excel doc 87k)
Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing (Excel doc 35k)
Faculty of Social Sciences Research Supervisors (Excel doc 27k)
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.
Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:
To apply for a PhD, click the most suitable subject area below, then 'Apply Now':
|Architecture & the Built Environment||Art & Design|
|Biological Sciences||Biomedical Sciences|
|Computing & Mathematics||Computer Science|
|Computational and Corpus Linguistics|
|Environmental and Analytical Sciences||Education|
|Engineering||English Language & Literature|
|Library & Information Management
|Media & Communication
||Social Sciences/Social Policy|
||Social Work/Social Care|
||Chemistry (PT) / Chemistry (FT)|