Choosing the University of Nottingham will give you access to a world-leading research environment, with expert academics and impressive facilities to develop your potential.
We are connected locally, nationally and globally — by completing a research programme with us, you will become part of an international network and will work with passionate academics from around the world.
Home to over 46,000 students from 150 countries, the University has been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
At Nottingham you will work alongside high-achieving academics, whose contributions have helped shape the world with live in. Our academics have been awarded two Nobel Prizes since 2003, and continue to make ground-breaking discoveries.
Ranked 8th in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we develop research that shapes the world and pioneers change.
Our dedicated Graduate School will help you to achieve your ambitions, with specialist training and exclusive facilities for postgraduate researchers. Our award-winning provision includes over 150 specialist courses, our placements scheme, and researcher mobility funding. We also provide five multi-campus graduate centres which offer dedicated postgraduate spaces for collaboration and inspiration.
Our award-winning campuses combine beautiful green spaces with impressive traditional and modern architecture. Continual investment in our world-class facilities ensures the Nottingham learning and living experience is the best it can be.
Located centrally and within easy access of other major destinations, Nottingham is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK — offering everything from theatres, cinemas, museums, art galleries and music venues. No matter what your taste or budget, there is something for everyone.
Information about PhD opportunities and doctoral training programmes can be found on our dedicated postgraduate study pages.
We know there’s a lot to consider when applying for a PhD and understand funding options can be confusing — take a look at our step-by-step funding guide to help make the process simpler.
Visiting us is a great way to find out more about our postgraduate opportunities and get a taste of Nottingham life. We attend fairs throughout the UK and across the world and our faculties and schools run their own on-campus events.
If you have any questions about our opportunities and how to apply, please get in touch.
The research interests of the School are diverse and include Allergic and Inflammatory Disease, Vascular Disease, Surgery, Neurology and Dermatology. The School offers opportunities for students to undertake a programme of research leading to the award of a PhD or MPhil. Research within the school is organised around research groups, centres and institutes and includes laboratory based research (for example cell biology, molecular pharmacology and cell signalling), human clinical research (for example Stroke, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Cancer and Therapeutics) and Epidemiological Studies. Students undertaking postgraduate research programmes within the school are expected to complete a structured training course in the first year of study and progression through the period of study is closely monitored to ensure students develop other transferable skills.
Staff within the School have extensive research experience with both national and international links. Staff are committed to providing postgraduate students with the support and guidance needed to maximise each students potential to complete high calibre research to the required level. The school is committed to Academic staff within the school collaborating at a local level with the Institutes of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation; Clinical Research; Neurosciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics and with NHS colleagues in respect of research and research led teaching. The infrastructure of the school is designed to support postgraduate training particularly with respect to technical expertise which is provided by skilled laboratory technicians and up-to-date information technology.
The School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham is one of the leading chemistry departments in the UK, with a reputation for world-class research and excellent teaching. With over 40 academic staff, our research interests are wide-ranging, from the traditional core of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry to the interfaces with biology, engineering, nanotechnology, materials science, physics and astronomy. The School of Chemistry was ranked second in the UK in terms of research quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
The School was ranked in the top 10 per cent of UK Institutions in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). All the research activity in the School was considered of international quality, with 80 per cent of it rated as world class/internationally leading. The School is situated on the award-winning Jubilee Campus and offers a wide range of single and joint honours degree programmes.
The School of Life Sciences covers a wide spectrum of biological and medical sciences in both teaching and research. The expertise in the School spans molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and zoology. The School aims to achieve Excellence in Education, both in its own undergraduate science and postgraduate MSc degrees and with the major contributions it makes to professional courses in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dietetics. The School has a substantial research portfolio and strives to achieve research excellence across this range. There is a large cohort of early career researchers, comprising postdoctoral research fellows and over 250 postgraduate research students, together with highly skilled technical staff underpinning the research activities.
The School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham has a world class reputation for its research and is ranked as the top Pharmacy School for research quality in the UK (RAE 2008). Our portfolio of multidisciplinary research is focussed on understanding and developing treatments for some of the most complex and challenging diseases of our time. To help achieve this we have a global network of academic and industrial collaborators. The School's excellence in research was recognised by the award of the 2007 Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category for 'enhancing significantly the development of new medicines'. The international quality of our academics and researchers has also been recognized by a number of current prestigious personal fellowships including a BBSRC Professorial Fellowship and two BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships.
The School has five major and integrated Research Divisions housed in state of the art modern facilities. Researchers receive funding from the UK Research Councils and the European Union as well as charities and industry. This funding helps us attract around 45 PhD students a year and supports many outstanding postdoctoral researchers.