We are proud that Ulster’s international reputation for research excellence has received worldwide recognition. International experts have judged Ulster University as being in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research based on research power, and 72% of our research activity is judged to be world-leading and internationally excellent.
In the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES 2019), Ulster was ranked 8th in the UK for PhD researcher satisfaction, and 3rd in the UK for PhD research culture.
The University offers opportunities for doctoral study on both a full-time and part-time basis. Studying for a PhD offers the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in a range of topics at an advanced level.
The Faculty of Life and Health Sciences is based across three Ulster University campuses: Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee. The Faculty has approximately 200 academic staff, 100 research staff, 350 PhD researchers and over 3,000 students.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, international experts judged Ulster University as one of the top five universities in the UK for world-leading research in Biomedical Sciences and Nursing.
PhD supervision is available within the following Research Institutes:
The University’s annual PhD Scholarship Competition offers over 100 exciting full-time funded PhD Scholarship opportunities across all subject areas including those within the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences.
Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Candidates from the UK, EU and overseas are eligible to apply. Please see project descriptions for further details on eligibility.
Competition for funded entry is very high and applications will be considered on the basis of candidates’ qualifications, skills, experience and research interests.
Applicants should discuss their applications prior to submission with project supervisors. Contact details are provided within individual project descriptions.
You do not need to make a separate application for a scholarship. However, please indicate on your application for admission that you do wish to be considered for a scholarship.
You should inform the University of any disability or personal circumstances in your application or soon afterwards so suitable accommodation can be arranged.
Applications for admission on a self-funded, part-time or externally funded basis are also welcome at any time throughout the year.
Please contact the Ulster Doctoral College if you have any queries about PhD study at: [email protected]