researcher looking through a microscopeThe University of Northampton provides opportunities to undertake research degrees for the awards of:

Every research student has access to cutting edge facilities, comprehensive research training and individually tailored support throughout their programme. Each student is fully supported by a team of experienced 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 and unlimited access to a dedicated research support team. Where opportunities arise, students are encouraged to participate in networking and training events.

Alongside project and discipline specific training, 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 comprises generic, discipline and project-based training, making our research degree graduates well equipped for a future career in research. The programme includes skills workshops and development activities, such as an annual conference, poster competition and images of research event (completion of the training programme is a requirement for progression to registration for MPhil and PhD).

All new students complete a four day induction programme at the beginning of their research degree. The induction programme provides students with an opportunity to present their research whilst gaining insight into how research degree programmes work at The University of Northampton. Through a combination of hands on workshops and skills sessions, students are provided a unique opportunity to experience first hand the processes involved with research degree study, the facilities and support available to them and offers an opportunity to meet the staff they will be working with.

All research degrees are united under the Graduate School which acts as a hub for research activity providing training, administrative support, learning resources, careers advice, and guidance on funding.

The policies describing postgraduate research registration and progression, supervision, researcher development and examination arrangements are available to download.

Research studentships

Funded PhD studentships related to specific projects are advertised from time to time throughout the year. They cover costs including fees, maintenance grants and project budgets to cover costs of travel, subsistence, payment of all fees and registration fees. To qualify, candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second or first class) or a master’s degree in an appropriate academic subject and be able to provide satisfactory academic references.

Find details of any studentships currently being advertised.

Please check this page regularly for updates for available Research Studentships. Please see the How to apply page for application details.