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Study for a PhD with us

Ready to make an important contribution to the world through original research? Discover how to do a PhD at 黑料入口聽


A PhD is a globally-recognised postgraduate degree. To gain a PhD, you'll need to conduct extensive original research into a specific chosen field.

When you study for a PhD with us, you'll work with leading experts with extensive experience in your area of interest. You'll become a part of our internationally-recognised research, and a member of our research community. You'll contribute to our collaborative research culture, and use our exceptional facilities too.

And you鈥檒l be following in the footsteps of our previous PhD candidates, many of whom have made important, globally-significant contributions to research 鈥 like聽Harry Austin, whose work on a聽mutant plastic-eating enzyme聽is making headlines around the world.

Preparing for a PhD

As a general rule, to apply for a PhD you'll need a good first degree from an internationally-recognised university or a Master鈥檚 degree in an appropriate subject. We'll also consider applicants with exceptional equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

Your PhD will take 3 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time) to complete, and you'll produce a thesis of 40,000-80,000 words, depending on your subject area. All PhD candidates need a supervisor to supervise them 鈥 and finding the right one is an important part of the process.

For more details on what you need to do before you apply for a PhD 鈥 from what qualifications you'll need, to what your application should contain 鈥 visit our聽how to apply for a postgraduate degree听辫补驳别蝉.

Ready to explore your PhD options?

There are 3 main routes into a PhD at 黑料入口.

If you have an original idea for a research, you can find a PhD supervisor聽among our academics, whose expertise matches your own. You can also apply for one of our pre-approved PhD projects聽鈥 including some fully-funded projects 鈥 or explore our PhD subject areas聽and make an initial enquiry to our postgraduate research team.

See our pre-approved PhD projects

Browse the already-approved PhD projects available across our subject areas, and find out how to apply.
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Find a PhD supervisor

If you've already got your own research idea, start looking for a supervisor whose research interests match yours at our Find a PhD Supervisor page.
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Explore our PhD subject areas

Find out what areas we specialise in, and get in contact with the PhD supervisors within our various subject areas.
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Fees and funding

The cost of your PhD will vary depending on where you're from, what you're studying, and whether you plan to study full-time or part-time. If you're applying for a funded PhD, you'll have no fees to pay.

As a guide, PhDs cost 拢4,596 a year (full-time) or 拢2,298 a year (part-time) for UK/EU students, and 拢16,200-18,300 a year (full-time) or 拢8,100-9,150 a year (part-time) for international students. If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2022/23 please visit this page.

If you need help funding your PhD, you may be able to apply for a 鈥 a government loan that you can use for tuition fees, living costs and other course costs. The loan is paid directly to you and you can .

The amount you鈥檒l receive isn鈥檛 based on your or your family鈥檚 income. So you can choose how much you borrow (up to 拢27,265 over your whole course). The loan will be divided equally across each year of study, and you'll only start repaying your loan after your course when your annual income is more than 拢21,000.

For more information about the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan 鈥 and to see other sources of funding that may be open to you when you apply 鈥 visit our page on funding your research degree.

PhD stories

Studying for your PhD at 黑料入口 is a great decision, but don't just take our word for it. Find out why two of our recent PhD candidates chose us and how their research unfolded.

Danielle's PhD story

Discover how Danielle Hayter's PhD journey began, and where it's taken her since.
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Robert's PhD story

Find out why Robert Lawrence pursued a PhD, and how it's benefitted his career.
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