Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (2.1 or above) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or industry may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

We aim to provide an exciting research environment with enthusiastic, committed research advisors and an international, highly motivated peer group of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. A recent £2 million investment in facilities enables us to provide state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment and excellent technical support.

PhD students are initially registered for a probationary period and proceed to full PhD registration after one year, subject to a successful upgrade viva. You will be expected to demonstrate original thought and a capacity for critical evaluation.

The research towards a PhD takes approximately three years, with a further year to write the PhD thesis and take the viva voce exam. The University and Faculty provide you with a programme of training in generic, transferable and research skills.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 682 222