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.
Student life in 2020/21
Things be a little different in 2020/21, but you'll still have a great, varied and enriching experience when you study with us this year.
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.
Ready to take your interest further and start your application? Read our helpful advice on how to write a great research proposal and personal statement, and how to apply for any of our research degrees, including a PhD.
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.
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.
Explore our postgraduate taught and research degrees in our postgrad prospectus, and get information on how to apply, how to fund your postgraduate degree, and more.
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.