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 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 Course information page.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Practice-based in the Arts

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

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
  • 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 PhD 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 and fees. 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
  • 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.

For further information, please download information on individual studentships.

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
  • 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.

Further information

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

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.