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At-distance PhDs

Our portfolio of at-distance PhDs has been designed for candidates who require a more flexible mode to undertake their doctoral research. These part-time, structured programmes are delivered online, over a period of four years. Candidates may take up to seven years to complete.

Every researcher on an at-distance programme is strongly encouraged to spend eight weeks with us in Nottingham over the course of their degree.

We can offer at-distance PhDs across the majority of our academic schools with projects aligned to our research centres.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for you if you require the flexibility that online learning can offer. It will particularly suit:

  • professionals looking to undertake research alongside their job
  • individuals whose research interests are local to where they live
  • candidates with caring responsibilities
  • professionals looking to enhance their career prospects.


There are four intakes per academic year. The fees for 2021/22 entry are:

  • UK: £3490 per year
  • EU / International: £9070 per year

How to apply

Follow our step-by-step guide to make an application.