Research course

Doctor of Philosophy

Bournemouth University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2.1) and/or an appropriate masters degree. Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject. Entry requirements may vary so it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application.

Months of entry


Course content

A PhD involves a complex and advanced project and is awarded to a candidate who, having critically investigated and evaluated an approved topic resulting in an independent and original contribution to knowledge and demonstrated an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field, has presented and defended a thesis and/or practical element, by viva voce, to the satisfaction of the examiners.

Postgraduate research at BU is carried out within any research area covered by one of BU’s 8 research themes.

Research in Technology is undertaken in the following areas:

As a postgraduate research student you will also be part of BU’s wider PG community and have access to the suite of research, professional and personal training offered through The Graduate School.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£12,000 - £14,000

For further details of fees and funding opportunities, please contact our askBU Enquiries Team.

From time to time we offer fully-funded PhD studentships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
3-5 years months
part time
4-7 years months

Course contact details

askBU Enquiries
01202 961916