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Doctoral School Community

When you join NTU you will become part of our diverse Doctoral School with the expertise to support you as a researcher.

You will meet like-minded people who are passionate about research and you’ll have the chance to participate in a variety of activities and events to build a reputation in your profession.

Whether you want to work in academia or industry, you will gain free, personalised training, expert careers advice and become part of an inspiring, collaborative group of researchers from across the University.

Why study a research degree with us?


What often motivates our postgraduate researchers is the desire to make a difference. The NTU Doctoral School will support your research ambitions, helping you to make an impact.

We're proud of our collaborative and inclusive community and believe that ensuring equity and diversity in doctoral education is incredibly important to the vitality and sustainability of UK research.

NTU has been awarded funding under a joint Research England and Office for Students (OfS) programme to improve access and participation for Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in postgraduate research (PGR) study.

Academic support

Student writing in notebook

Our Postgraduate Researcher Skills Development Programme is delivered online for Postgraduate Researchers from all Academic Schools. We offer live online webinars with additional virtual spaces for self-paced learning in research skills, researcher engagement, employability, academic writing support and more.

NTU Library is here to support staff and postgraduate research students at each stage of your research lifecycle. The Library Research Team offers guidance with:

  • finding and managing information,
  • keeping up to date,
  • deciding where to publish and disseminating research,
  • research data management,
  • open access and open research and
  • copyright advice.

Find out more about our support for researchers.

Success should be open to all students equitably, and research training, education, and development is an important part of enabling this.

Dr Sherran Clarence, Doctoral Training Manager

Our researchers

Meet the people at the heart of NTU research, creating a global impact and transforming lives.

Students' Union postgraduate research events

We work with the University of Nottingham to provide doctoral candidates the opportunity to network with senior staff and present their research.

Our executive officers run weekly postgraduate drop-in sessions to collect feedback about living in Nottingham, studying at NTU and to provide general help for mental health and wellbeing. These drop-in sessions are a great opportunity to talk to your executive officer and find out about what events we are working on for our postgraduates.

We host regular exclusive meet-and-greets for our postgrads to come and make new friends. This is a great chance to meet new people, network with other researchers and generally engage with your Students’ Union.