Research at Ulster University
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.
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PhD supervision in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is available within the following areas: Art and Design; Communication; Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management; Education; English Language and Literature; History; Law (including Transitional Justice); Celtic Studies, Modern Languages and Linguistics; Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies; and Social Work and Social Policy.
PhD researchers at Ulster are aligned with a range of internationally renowned research centres including:
• Creative Industries Institute;
• Transitional Justice Institute (TJI);
• International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE);
• Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute;
• Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI);
• Ulster Literary Biography Research Centre;
• Centre for Media Research (CMR).
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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Ulster's PhD Scholarship Competition for entry in September 2020 is now open.
Apply online before midnight on 7 February 2020 at: www.ulster.ac.uk/phdcomp
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]
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.