researcher looking through a microscopeOur postgraduate research experience is a little bit different to other universities. We know that you are competent students and independent learners, but we also know that it’s good to have people to help you when you need it. That’s why we provide you with support that’s tailored to your research area. We make sure that you have regular meetings with your supervisors and our Postgraduate Research Offices provide drop-in support from our dedicated research support team.

You will also benefit from our Postgraduate Research Skills Development Programme. It’s multi-stranded, providing the skills you need to complete a successful degree and to be a proficient researcher afterwards. There are generic, discipline and project-based workshops, an annual conference, poster competition, and networking events, giving you everything you need for a career in research.

Your research degree will begin with a four-day induction programme. You will have the chance to present your research to your peers and gain insight into how research degree programmes are run here. Our hands-on workshops and skills sessions show you the processes involved with research degree study, the facilities and support available to you and introduce you to the staff you will be working with.

All of our researchers are part of the Graduate School, which is the hub for research activity, providing training, administrative support, learning resources, careers advice, and guidance on funding.

There are six ways to undertake research degree study with us:

Please see the How to apply page for application details.

We also invite Visiting Researchers to work with our Academic staff. If you are interested in this, you will need to contact the Academic member of staff you wish to work with.

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 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.

Find details of any studentships currently being advertised.