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NTU Doctoral School

At Nottingham Trent University, we provide a supportive environment and a thriving research culture to help our doctoral candidates reach their potential. As a current doctoral candidate, we want to offer all the tools and resources that are needed to thrive in candidate’s chosen field.

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Our current doctoral candidates

We understand that life as a doctoral candidate can be demanding on time, so we have a number of measures in place to try and make that journey as smooth as possible.


Research at NTU is governed by regulations which guarantee the highest quality and level of support provided to doctoral candidates. These regulations cover areas such as:

  • the application and approval process
  • submission of theses
  • examinations
  • complaints and appeals procedures.


NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App

NTU Doctoral candidate and supervisory teams can view, manage, and monitor progress with the dedicated NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App.

This online tool allows various tasks and requests to be carried out, including:

  • Annual monitoring of the progress of studies;
  • PhD project approval applications
  • Extension, suspension and withdrawal applications;
  • Supervisory Team changes;
  • Change of study mode applications

The NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App provides greater transparency of the doctoral candidate journey, allowing status checks of requests in real time. It also enables increased awareness of key deadlines and easier monitoring of various tasks during doctoral studies at NTU.

An NTU username and password are required to log in to the system.

User guides and frequently asked questions are also available:

Doctoral candidate user guide

Doctoral candidate FAQs

Staff user guide

Staff FAQs

If any further help is required with the system, or to report a problem, please submit a request to the NTU Doctoral School.

Supervision and support for current doctoral candidates and supervisors

The current course handbooks for Professional Doctorate candidates can be found in the relevant Learning Room in NOW.

Throughout research degree programmes, doctoral candidates are supported by a dedicated supervisory team.

This usually consists of a Director of Studies (the person with the greatest expertise of the project) and a second supervisor. If collaboration is taking place with a company or institution there may also be a third supervisor.

Projects can be inter-disciplinary and draw on knowledge from two or more Academic Schools. Doctoral candidates are encouraged to discuss any issues with the Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT) or Professional Doctorate Course Leader and with the Doctoral Candidate Representative.

The NTU Doctoral School Administration Team are the first point of contact during time spent at NTU on a research degree programme and are here to assist doctoral candidates throughout the period of study.

As a doctoral candidate at NTU, there is a wealth of our services to access, including:

Collaborative partnerships

  • Guidance on the Joint, Double and Dual Doctoral awards can be located in Supplement 11 of the NTU Quality Handbook.

NTU Doctorate Plus Programme

All PhD candidates at NTU are expected to participate in a rolling programme of professional development activities – our NTU Doctorate Plus Programme (DPP). Some of these activities are face-to-face courses, but others are delivered online so that study can be tailored to the needs of each individual doctoral candidate at a time and place that suits everyone.

The DPP has been created to empower doctoral candidates and create an individualised, bespoke package of activities to support throughout the key stages of each doctoral programme from PhD project approval to preparing for the submission of the thesis and viva examination.

Some activities within the DPP are essential for candidates to engage with due to their research topic and may be expected by the relevant funding body or by NTU supervisors, but other activities may simply be of interest and aid in mapping out future careers. Since interests naturally change as individuals develop as researchers, this programme enables doctoral candidates to be inquisitive about professional development.

The wide range of workshops and activities accessible within the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) have been mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

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