How to apply for research degree study

If you are thinking about research degree study, you might find it useful to start by having a conversation with our academics. Their research areas cover a wide range of subjects and they are always pleased to discuss potential doctoral study. You can view academics on PURE, the University’s online research explorer where you can find information about our academic and postgraduate researchers, research activities, outputs, Research Institutes and Centres.

You can apply to the Admissions office, but the process differs slightly depending on which research degree you apply for.

More detailed information about the research degrees is available on our Postgraduate Research Information page.

Click the button below to download our admissions process document.

Admissions process

Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Practice-based in the Arts.

You can apply directly to the University for this course and will need to submit the following documents with your application:

  • a 1000 word research proposal – please view the guidance notes on how to write a proposal for a research degree
  • two references (Word, 23KB) – please note: your referee is unable to be a member of your potential Research Supervisory team
  • photocopies or scans of your undergraduate degree certificate and transcript
  • photocopies or scans of your Masters certificate and transcript
  • evidence of English language ability (where English is not the first language)
  • change of name document, if your application and certificates are in different names
  • Passport, if you are applying for off-site study

Please note that applicants will also be expected to attend an interview. The closing dates for applications for the October intake is the 1 August and for the March intake is the 11 December.

Funded MPhil and PhD Studentships

Funded MPhil and PhD studentships related to specific projects are advertised from time to time throughout the year for the University on www.jobs.ac.uk. Studentships generally cover costs of studying which include fees, maintenance grants and project budgets to cover costs of travel and subsistence, please refer to the job advert for specific details regarding what the Studentship entails and the costs covered.

To qualify, you 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.

You apply directly to the University for studentships and will need to submit the following documents with your application:

  • Personal Statement – which must contain the relevant Studentship code.
  • CV
  • two references (Word, 23KB) – please note: your referee is unable to be a member of your potential Research Supervisory team
  • photocopies or scans of your undergraduate degree certificate and transcript
  • photocopies or scans of your Masters certificate and transcript
  • evidence of English language ability (where English is not the first language)
  • a 1000 word research proposal, if required by the Studentship advert – please view the guidance notes on how to write a proposal for a research degree
  • change of name document.  If, your application and certificates are in different names

Please note that applicants will also be expected to attend an interview. The closing dates for applications and potential Interview dates are stated within the advert.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by Means of Published Works

You can apply directly to the University for this course and will need to submit the following documents with your application:

  • a document of 750-1000 words demonstrating a case for the published works as a coherent programme of research, making an original contribution to the present state of knowledge
  • two references (Word, 23KB)
  • photocopies or scans of your undergraduate degree certificate and transcript
  • photocopies or scans of your Masters certificate and transcript
  • evidence of English language ability (where English is not the first language)
  • a statement on the review processes of the journals (or equivalent) in which the work has been published
  • a copy of the first page of each of the works
  • statements from co-authors on the extent of the your contribution to the research where appropriate
  • change of name document, if your application and certificate are in different names
  • Passport, if you are applying for off-site study

Applicants will also be expected to attend an interview. The closing dates for applications for the October intake is the 1 August and for the March intake is the 11 December.

Doctor of Professional Practice in Health and Social Care (D Prof Prac)

Please visit our Doctor of Professional Practice page for information about this course and details about how to apply for this programme.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Please visit our DBA page for information about this course and details about how to apply for this programme.

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision and the Standalone Module in Research Degree Supervision – Workshops

You can apply directly to the University for this course and will need to submit the following documents with your application:

  • photocopies or scans of your highest qualification
  • change of name document, if your application and certificate are in different names
  • copy of your passport

All applicants must either be a member of Academic staff from either UON or from a recognised Partner Institution.  Applicants are advised to apply a month prior to the programme starting.

Visiting Research Students

At the University we allow Research students from the around the world and those based in the UK, the opportunity to study alongside one of our academics for a 6 month period.

If you would like to be a Visiting Research Student at the University of Northampton, you must first complete the following steps:

  • Contact a UON academic member of staff (Link to: University of Northampton’s Research Explorer) to discuss the possibility of attending UON as a Visiting Research Student
  • Complete the expression of interest request form.

We would recommend that the above steps take place 6 months prior to your preferred start date.

Once your completed interest form has been received by the Admissions office and your details verified with your chosen academic, we will then contact you with regards to making an application.  If you have any further questions regarding being a Visiting Research student at the University of Northampton, then please email pgradmissions@northampton.ac.uk.

Further information

Find out more about our other Postgraduate Research degrees on our website and get information about research degree tuition fees. Please visit the funding page for more details on how to fund your study.

The University’s Academic Regulations, Admissions Policy and Postgraduate Research Policies are all available on the University policies, procedures and regulations page.

If you are an International applicant and you would like to use one of our recognised Agents, please see our International Agents Directory. Please visit the international students page for further information regarding visas and immigration.

We have 16 research bodies at the University, find out more about our research areas.

For all other enquiries please email study@northampton.ac.uk or call 0300 303 2772.

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