PhDs and postgraduate research
The challenges facing society, human life and our planet need answers – and our research is helping to find them.
If you'd like to play your part in tackling the problems ahead – and learn from people at the forefront of their disciplines – then our postgraduate research degrees are where your journey starts.
Search the different types of research degrees we offer, find a pre-approved PhD project to apply for, explore the research subject areas and topics we cover, discover how you can fund your research with us – including bursaries and studentships – and when you're ready, start your application to become part of research at Portsmouth.
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A research degree at Portsmouth is your chance to put your knowledge to work, and help find solutions to the problems facing society. Find out about our PhD, PhD by Publication, Professional Doctorates, MD, MPhil and MRes degrees.
Do you have an original research idea of your own? See the subject areas where we offer research supervision, find somebody to talk to about your potential project, and take your first step towards a postgraduate research degree at Portsmouth.
Explore our pre-approved PhD projects – both fully-funded and self-funded – in dozens of subject areas across the University, from Architecture, Biological Sciences, and Cosmology, to Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.
If you already have your own original research idea, you can find an academic whose research interests match yours by searching our Find a PhD Supervisor page.
Discover how a research degree could boost your career, and help you create innovation with lasting impact in a field you're passionate about.
Find out more about the city and the University, from anywhere in the world, and get a taste of what life is like as a postgraduate student at Portsmouth.
There are plenty of ways to fund your postgraduate research degree, including loans and bursaries that are open to both UK and International students. Explore your options, and find out how to apply for funding here.
Explore our advice on what you should be looking to include in your research proposal and your personal statement before you apply.
Home to a community of more than 1,000 research degree students across our 5 faculties, our Graduate School is here to help you through every aspect of your research degree.
Studying with us as a postgraduate student is a great decision, but don't just take our word for it - read stories from our students about why they chose Portsmouth and how studying with us changed their lives.
Find out more about the research our academics and researchers are conducting right now, and how their work is making a positive difference to the world.
Contact us today, to ask anything about postgraduate study in Portsmouth, about life in the city as a student, or for more details on how to apply to join us.