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.
- 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
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.
Our research is governed by regulations which guarantee the quality and level of support provided to students. These regulations cover areas such as:
- the application and approval process
- supervision and monitoring of research projects
- submission of theses
- appeals and complaints procedures.
- Code of Practice for Research Degrees at Nottingham Trent University
- NTU Postgraduate Research Environment Statement - This document sets out what the research student can expect of the postgraduate research environment at Nottingham Trent University.
- The University Research Degrees Committee Terms of reference and membership can be located in Section 1 of the Quality Handbook.
- University Regulations for Research Degrees
Policies and forms
- Information on the appointment of Director of Studies, lead supervisors and Supervisors can be located in Section 11 of the Quality Handbook.
- Supervision Record Policy - Postgraduate Research Student Supervision Record Form
- Teacher Training for Postgraduate Students Policy
- Further information on the appointment of external examiners for Phase One of Professional Doctorate Courses can be located in Section 9 of the Quality Handbook.
- Procedure for Investigating Alleged Research Misconduct
- Guidance on the format of the thesis can be located in The University Research Degrees Committee Terms of reference and membership can be located in Section 11A of the Quality Handbook.
- Appeal form
- Guidance on the joint, multiple and dual award MPhil PhD can be located in Section SB17 and SB18 of the Quality Handbook. You can see the full handbook here.
Further regulations and policies can be found on the following websites
Current research students and supervisors
In accordance with the University's Research Degree Regulations, research students and their Supervisory Team need to select and complete the relevant forms if they are making any changes to their status. These can be downloaded from My NTU and will be automatically populated with your personal details. Instructions and guidance on how to download these forms can be found on the intranet (note this will require you to log in using your NTU username and password).
The current handbooks for PhD/MPhil students and Professional Doctorate Students can be found on the relevant Learning Room in NOW.
Research degree forms
In accordance with the University's Research Degree Regulations, research students and their Supervisory Team need to select and complete the following forms if they are making any changes to their status. The forms are now available from logging onto My NTU and will be automatically populated with your personal details.
- Instructions for staff on how to use the online research degree forms
- Instructions for students on how to use the online research degree forms
- Looking up an NTU student's ID on Outlook
You can download the following forms:
- HD1R (Registration for the award of a Higher Doctorate)
- RDPW (PhD by PW)
- RD1PA (Project approval)
- RD2T (Transfer)
- RD4S (Change of supervisor)
- RD5SEW (Suspension/Extension/Withdrawal)
- RD6E (Exam arrangements)
- RD3MS (Mode of study)
- RD7DEC (Candidates declaration)
- RD8PR (Prelim report)
- RD9REX (Recommendations)
- RD10G (Guidance to candidate)
- RD annual monitoring form
- RD interim monitoring form
- RD independent chair's checklist
- Viva voce examinations: checklist for the independent chair
- Postgraduate research student supervision record form
Please note that the NTU Nottingham Doctorate School interview records form is not included in the list of online forms.
Supervision and support
Throughout your degree you 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 you are collaborating with a company or institution you may also have a third supervisor.
Projects can be inter-disciplinary and draw on knowledge from two or more Schools. All students are encouraged to discuss any issues with their Postgraduate Research Tutor or Professional Doctorate Course Leader and their Research Student Representative or Professional Doctorate Course Representative.
Our Doctoral School Administration Team are your first point of contact during your research degree and are here to assist you throughout your period of study.
As a research student you have access to a wealth of our services, including:
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.
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