Your journey into research

Interested in studying for a PhD but not sure where to start? We have a huge range of exciting opportunities available to you, from advertised projects to developing your own research proposal. To help you successfully navigate the journey, we’ve outlined the different routes open to you.

Identify a research area which interests you

The aim of a PhD is to make a novel contribution to knowledge and to discover something that no-one else has done before. You may have already identified the research area which interests you, in which case you will need to see if this is something we specialise in.

Look for an existing research opportunity

Start your journey by looking through our list of advertised research opportunities; these are projects which have been developed by our academics. Some of these come with funding already attached and for those that don't, we can help support you in finding it.

Self funded research degrees

...or develop your own research project

If you can't find what you're looking for in our list of advertised projects, you can develop your own research proposal and approach one of our academics outlining your ideas to see if they could potentially supervise your research. Take a look through our research areas to see if they match your interests and academic background.

Research areas

Find funding

Once you’ve found your project or developed your research proposal, you’ll need to think about how you intend to fund your studies if your project doesn't have funding attached. We've listed a range of options available to you, including scholarships, bursaries and loans.

Find funding

Speak to us

Whether you’re thinking of applying for an existing research opportunity or you want to develop your own research project, it’s worth getting in touch with us. You can ask any questions that you may have, get a better understanding of what you need to include in your application and speak to researchers within the department.

Contact us

Apply online

Once you’ve decided on the right route for you, the final step is to apply. We have lots of information to help you with your application right here.

How to apply