Our research students work at the heart of our
internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community.
Your research degree gives you the chance to investigate your chosen
topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that
understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to
generate knowledge. Your research degree allows you to develop new high-level
skills, enhances your professional development and builds new networks. It can
open doors to many careers.
We offer world class supervision and training opportunities, and
encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and
research users, where possible. Our research is supported by a wide spectrum of
UK research councils, EU framework programmes, public-sector organisations and
departments, charities, and private-sector industry and businesses. Engagement
with these external funders and stakeholders enriches the quality and relevance
of your experience and training.
Our students have many opportunities to engage with our wider research
environment and communicate their work. Many of our departments, schools and
centres run their own postgraduate journals (print and online) and working
papers. All offer doctoral research seminars and conferences and encourage you
to present at such events, as well as taking a lead in managing, facilitating,
promoting and chairing them. Our advanced students can apply for our University
funds to assist them to present papers at national and international
Apart from academic outputs, you are encouraged to pursue other forms of
knowledge transfer and can access training on this from our Research and
Enterprise Office. We offer shared office and social space to all doctoral
students, plus excellent computing facilities. Our new Student Centre (due to
open in 2013) will provide additional dedicated study, wi-fi and networking
space for postgraduates.