Research course

PhD by publication

University of Bolton · University of Bolton

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class degree or equivalent. At least 5 years experience in industry or academia. Candidates must have spent at least 2 years of their experience in a research and development environment.


Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Once registered, candidates must undertake three inter-related research/developmental activities in their place of work over a period of three years. Outcomes from these efforts (at least three papers) must be published or publishable (subject to prior arrangements) in internationally recognised and referred publications.

The only exception to this rule is when a patent is generated in which case 2 publication plus the patent would be accepted.
Candidates will have access to at least two supervisors - one based in the workplace and the other at the University.

Information for international students

International students require: TOFEL score of at least 575 paper based and 230 computer based; or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903903
+44 (0)1204 903809