Postgraduate research

Come and be a part of internationally recognised research at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) that is changing the world we live in and the lives of people around the globe. From cancer research to climate change, we’re working to create solutions to some of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century, and our efforts are commanding huge interest and respect.

Postgraduate research student

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) – the leading assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions – most of our research was considered internationally excellent or world-leading.

We’re proud to say that NTU is in an environment where new ideas and ways of thinking are encouraged across the whole University. We’ve made research one of the key areas of our strategic vision for the future. We’re continuing to invest time and money in facilities and need people like you to preserve and grow our reputation as a centre of world-class research.

In 2015, we were awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the highest award for a UK university – in recognition of our research.

Research degree opportunities

We have a range of opportunities for you to work with highly regarded research groups and in leading research centres. You can choose from courses including MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate research degrees on full-time, part-time, and distance learning routes.

All of our academic schools are involved in research, so wherever your interests lie you can be sure we have the facilities and staff to help you make a real difference in your field. We have four research degree start dates throughout the year: October, January, April and June. We also offer many competitive scholarships for research students to support you with your work.

Find out more about the research courses offered by NTU’s Graduate School:

A supportive community and expert supervision

Our goal is supporting research excellence and nurturing research talent. That's why, as a postgraduate research student at NTU, we'll provide you with academic, administrative and personal support throughout your studies.

Your main source of advice and support will be your own doctoral supervisory team, which will include a director of studies and at least one other supervisor. This team will be selected based on their experience in your chosen area of study or their background in relevant practice, so you know you’ve got support that's right for you.

The Graduate School Team will also be available throughout your studies. This dedicated team will offer advice and guidance for your initial enquiry and application. Once you arrive at NTU, they'll also introduce you to the University and to your supervisory team, to get your studies off to the best possible start.

We recognise the importance of our postgraduate community in the pursuit of research excellence and impact. At NTU we have a community of over 700 research degree students, all exploring their chosen subjects in depth, so you know you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people.

Nottingham Trent University science lab

Outstanding facilities

As a research student at NTU you'll have access to a wealth of facilities and resources to aid and enhance your studies. We’re committed to providing the best possible facilities and we are constantly investing in new equipment and learning environments.

We have dedicated study and writing areas for research students, giving you access to desks, laboratories and IT facilities when you need them. You'll have access to library materials and quiet study areas across all three campuses.

Electronic library resources are an increasingly important part of the support offered to research students. Many of our databases and eJournals are accessible from any networked PC within NTU, or from your home computer or laptop. Our experienced and knowledgeable library staff will help guide you to the most useful sources of information.

Researcher development programme

As a research student at NTU you'll be expected to participate in a rolling programme of professional development. You'll have the opportunity to attend a range of workshops and developmental activities mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

Our Research Development Programme empowers you – in discussion with your supervisory team – to create an individualized package of activities to support your career development as a researcher.

A range of core activities will support your journey from enrolment through to the final submission of your thesis. These activities will be complemented by a series of electives that you will choose to pursue, depending upon your developmental needs as you progress in your research work.

As always, your supervisory team will be on hand to help you through the programme.

Research equipment

Developing your career

We pride ourselves on equipping our students with knowledge and skills and encouraging initiative, innovation and excellence.

You'll be supported to take part in conferences, seminars and external networks, giving you an excellent opportunity for you to share your work, meet other researchers and build a network of contacts.

Meanwhile, our own research conferences and seminars give you the chance to present and discuss your work among the NTU research community. You may also have the opportunity to teach undergraduate students or supervise laboratory work.

Postgraduate research

Published on 16 January 2017

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