Wondering how to fund a research degree? As part of our commitment to research excellence, we offer a number of PhD studentships and research bursaries here at Nottingham Trent University.

PhD Studentships

As part of our commitment to research excellence, we offer a number of fully-funded PhD studentships each year.

We're currently accepting applications in the following areas:

School of Arts and Humanities

Emotional Heritage and Interpretation: The Workhouse in Britain

1968 at 50

Contemporary French and Francophone Literature

School of Science and Technology

Ecological responses to natural intermittence, abstraction pressures and flow restoration in chalk stream

The conservation and interpretation of vitreous materials in museums collections – a non-invasive investigation

Investigating Cell and Extracellular Matrix Interactions within the Bone Marrow Stem Cell Niche

High-speed material specific X-ray imaging

Optimisation of performance and well-being through taking breaks from driving

Objective measurement of movement disorder symptoms remotely and within clinic

School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

Characterisation of novel oligosaccharide prebiotic fractions to improve gut health in monogastric farm animals

Research bursaries

Some of our academic schools offer bursaries for research students, either on a fees-only basis or with a tax-free maintenance allowance. In general, only home or EU fees are covered, and international (non-EU) students would be required to pay the difference between international (non-EU) and home or EU fees. Please contact the relevant academic school for details.

Scholarship Projects for Undergraduate Researchers (SPUR)

There are opportunities for our undergraduate students to get involved in the University's research activity. The SPUR programme gives students the chance to assist in research projects during the summer vacation. Look out for details through the student news emails.

Further information about external funding

This can be found on the following websites:

International (non-EU) applicants often find funding from their own government or employer.

AHRC Studentships

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK / EU Arts and Humanities research students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five-year period to excellent research students in the Arts and Humanities.

The DTP, a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Nottingham, Birmingham, Birmingham City, Leicester and De Montfort universities, provides research candidates with:

  • cross-institutional mentoring and expert supervision, including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate
  • subject-specific and generic training
  • professional support in preparing for a career.

How to apply

University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance

If the UK is going to compete as a knowledge economy in the 21st Century, it needs a strong research and innovation ecosystem.

The new Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), developed by a group of Alliance universities that includes Nottingham Trent University, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos. The training will produce independent, highly employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically important research areas. It is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide initiative of its kind.

Last year we launched our first Doctoral Training Alliance in Applied Biosciences for Health at 14 universities.

Our second Doctoral Training Alliance offers a fully-funded postgraduate programme in Energy. Doctoral students will gain access to excellent research, an expert support network, and improved employment opportunities.

Supporting you and boosting employability

You'll benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution, as well as having the wider DTA community to collaborate and share expertise with.

UK and EU students are fully funded for up to three years, including a generous stipend of up to £14,000 per year plus travel and subsistence, to enable researchers to interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance.

The programme will

  • develop your vital research skills, such as critical reasoning and epistemology
  • develop your practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise
  • ensure you're job-ready
  • make sure you can apply the results of your excellent research to deliver impact.

For more information, please contact the NTU Doctoral School.