Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD or other research degree will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential.
You can choose an existing research project or propose your own. If you’d like to start your own research project, the first thing you must do is find a supervisor. They must be experts in the topic you’re interested in to ensure that your research is accurate and adding to current knowledge. When you contact a potential supervisor please be prepared to discuss your area of research, proposed topic and research interests.
We work at the forefront of global research agendas, leading the way in finding solutions to major social, political and environmental challenges. We have an established reputation for delivering high quality research, with over 75% of our research classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
Links with industry
You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia.
We’re committed to helping you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops offered by our dedicated researcher training and development hub. Training and development opportunities will be tailored to reflect the demands of your current project and future employment.
You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of postgraduate researchers who come from all over the world. You’ll be associated with one of our research groups, a small community with whom you’ll interact on a daily basis. You’ll have regular direct contact with your academic supervisor who will provide guidance and support throughout your research. An annual showcase brings the research community from across our campus together to celebrate the excellence and diversity of work being done by our postgraduate researchers. The school organises regular coffee mornings for staff and research postgraduate students to meet and network.
The range of careers open to you once you’ve finished your PhD is broad. Our doctoral graduates have secured positions with organisations such as the Natural Environment Research Council; Logica UK; Ernst and Young; and Kaya Consulting Limited.
of our research is
'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF 2014
in the world
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
academic and research staff
working with over 60 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research