“In my role I visit universities all around the world and I have to say that the support and structures for research students and research supervisors at Northampton are some of the best I’ve seen.”

Hugh Kearns, international expert on researcher development, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Group student discussion

The Graduate School plays a central role providing a University-wide framework for training, support, career preparation and administration to help all postgraduate research degree students  and early career researchers achieve their potential.

We also run a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision. It is a validated university postgraduate course and it is delivered as two modules – Workshops and Observation.

The Graduate School works collaboratively with Research Support and the Research and Strategic Bidding Office to provide researchers with a unique support system. Collaborative initiatives include the Research Support Hub blog, a central place for researchers to go for the latest research news, forthcoming events and research support and information.

The doctoral study experience at the University of Northampton

Every research student who studies with us has access to cutting edge facilities, comprehensive research skills development opportunities and individually tailored support throughout their programme.

Supervisory and support teams

Each student is fully supported by a team of appropriately trained supervisors who hold regular meetings to enable discussion, feedback, review and forward planning. Alongside their academic supervision, students are supported by school-specific postgraduate research offices, drop-in facilities, subject-related research skills development and access to a dedicated research support team.

Generic skills development programme

Students in class

“I just wanted to thank you both for a really good workshop. Lots of knowledge consolidated, clarified and also new!”

Postgraduate Research Student on Using Social Media workshop.

Alongside project supervision and subject-related development, all research degree students are expected to take part in an extensive Postgraduate Research Skills Development Programme throughout their period of study. The programme is multi-stranded, providing the skills needed to complete a successful degree as well as those needed to be a proficient researcher post degree study. The programme includes skills workshops and development activities, such as an annual conference, poster competition and Images of Research event.


“A really well planned and organised week; I really enjoyed it and I look forward to studying at this university”

New research student feedback from Induction week.

All new students are given an excellent springboard from which to start their studies by attending  a four day induction programme.  This delivers hands-on skills workshops, orientation, an introduction to support systems and ‘meet the staff’ sessions, plus an opportunity to present your research to other students.