Doctoral School

At Nottingham Trent University, we provide a supportive environment and a thriving research culture to help our students reach their potential. Our mission is creating future innovators and impact – for education, industry, the professions and society.

Because it is not always immediately obvious how much potential one small idea has to make a big impact, we embrace an open-minded approach to research and new ways of thinking.

What we offer

From architecture to law, the NTU Doctoral School offers opportunities for Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research degrees with full time, part-time and as a distance options through to single, double or joint degrees in all of our academic Schools.

Working professionals also have the chance to complete a range of other degree qualifications, including professional doctorates.

Our Schools

  • School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • Nottingham Business School
  • Nottingham Law School
  • School of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Sciences

Professional doctorates

Our professional doctorates provide the opportunity for students to contribute to research in their profession and gain a recognised qualification.

  • Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Legal Practice
  • School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment – professional doctorates
  • School of Art & Design – professional doctorates

NTU Doctorate Plus Programme

As part of our new Strategic Plan (2015-20), we are committing to expand further our research excellence, which already exists in a range of areas across the disciplinary breadth of our academic Schools. Integral to the strategic plan is a focus on the development of the next generation of researchers and our existing research staff. NTU recognises the importance of the postgraduate community in the pursuit of research excellence and impact.

All MPhil / PhD research students at NTU will be expected to participate in a rolling programme of professional development activities – our NTU Doctorate Plus Programme (DPP). Some of these activities will be face-to-face courses, but others will be delivered online so that you can study these at a time and place that suits you.

The DPP will empower you to create an individualised, bespoke package of activities to support you through the three key stages of your PhD: project approval, transfer to PhD registration (from MPhil), and preparing for the submission of your thesis and your viva examination.

Some activities within the DPP will be essential for you to engage with due to your research topic, and may be expected of you by your funding body or by your supervisors, but other activities may simply be of interest to you as you map out your future careers. Since our interests naturally change as we develop as individuals and as researchers, this programme will enable you to be inquisitive about your professional development.

The wide range of workshops and activities that will be accessible within the RDP have been mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. You will get more information on the DPP when you arrive here at NTU.

Visit us

Attending one of our Doctoral School open events is a great way to find out more about research opportunities at NTU.

  • chat to academics and current students
  • attend workshops by members of the Doctoral School
  • learn about funding and scholarships opportunities
  • find out how NTU can support you through your study and application process.

Our postgraduate open event dates will be listed in August. Please check this page for a full list of events.

General enquiries

For all enquiries relating to research degrees at Nottingham Trent University, please contact:

Nottingham Trent University Doctoral School

Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street

Tel: +44 (0)115 941 8418


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