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A PhD is a globally-recognised postgraduate research degree involving extensive and original research into a specific field. Each year, PhD students from around the world join us to carry out research to identify and answer the challenges facing society, human life and our planet.

There are plenty of reasons to start a PhD with us. We're internationally recognised for the quality of our research. We're developing a research culture of innovation and collaboration. We're home to experts with experience of producing important, interesting, relevant and successful research.

What you'll experience

What you'll experience

When you study for a PhD with us, you'll:

  • get support from our Graduate School to develop your skills as a researcher and academic
  • develop exceptional skills and knowledge
  • learn from people at the forefront of their disciplines
  • graduate with demonstrable proof of expertise in your chosen field
  • study for 3 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time)
  • write a thesis of 40,000 – 80,000 words, depending on your subject area
  • complete a Viva Voce (an oral defence of your work)

How much will a PhD cost?

The cost of your PhD will vary depending on where you're from, what you're studying, and whether you plan to study full-time or part-time. If you're applying for a funded PhD, you won't have to pay fees.

As a general guide, PhDs cost around £4,000–£5,000 a year (full time) or £2,000–£3,000 a year (part time) for UK and EU students.

International students pay around £14,000–£16,500 a year (full time) or £7,000–£8,250 a year (part time).

Getting a PhD by publication will cost roughly £4,000-£5,000.

How to do a PhD with us

For more details on what you need to do before you apply for a PhD – from what qualifications you'll need, to what your application should contain – visit our how to apply for a postgraduate degree pages.

When you decide to apply to do a PhD with us, there are 2 different routes you can take:

1. Find a supervisor

If you've got your own research idea, you can find a supervisor in our PURE Research Portal, and contact them directly to discuss your project in detail.

You can also get in touch with us using the contact details on your subject area page – and we'll help you find a supervisor.

2. Find a project

Explore our list of already-approved PhD projects, then talk to a supervisor about how to apply. To find out more about other research degrees you could do with us, visit our postgraduate research degree pages.

After you graduate

When you graduate with a PhD from the University of Portsmouth, you'll have a body of work and a prestigious qualification that can open doors to further research study – or to senior roles in your industry.

When you finish your PhD, our Careers and Employability service can help you put your skills to work in a rewarding career within your chosen field.

And for up to 5 years after you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can offer you help, advice and support as you advance in your career.