All of our PhD and MPhil programmes are available to study full-time and part-time, both on and off-site. This can be negotiated between you and your supervisory team. Formal supervisory meetings take place once every four weeks for full-time students and once every six weeks for part-time students.

Full-time students may be allocated a desk in a research student office within their academic school. Hot desk facilities are available for part-time students in some schools and in the Library at both campuses.

Duration of programme and attendance

Minimum Maximum
MPhil Full time 12 months 3 years
Part time 30 months 5 years
PhD including Practice – based in the Arts Full time 2 years 4 years
Part time 3 years 6 years
PhD by Published works Part time 1 year 2 years
PhD Studentship Depends on the studentship but most are 3 years full time


Currently we run Research programmes at both of our campuses. We also offer MPhils and PhDs at Moulton College, one of our partner colleges.

Entry requirements

We normally ask you to have a recognised first or upper second class honours degree or Master’s Degree from a UK university or International equivalent in a relevant subject area.

Students with lower level qualifications or qualifications in a different subject area, but relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS at 7.0, with no component less than 6.5 (or equivalent). Applications with IELTS lower than 5.5 in all components will not be considered.

Start dates

We have two intakes a year, one in March and one in October.

How to apply

For general application information please see our how to apply page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about our research degree tuition fees. For more details on how to fund your study visit the funding page.

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, payment of all fees and registration fees. You will be expected to meet our standard entry requirements and then any additional criteria set in the Studentship advertisement. Find out more about current Studentships available.

Further information

Find out more about Research at The University of Northampton.