The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University offers opportunities to study for a PhD by research. Supervision is available by full-time or part-time study, and can sometimes be provided by distance learning.
Current PhD Opportunities:
The effect of heat acclimation and neck cooling on metabolism, performance and cognitive function of team sport athletes
Application deadline: 12 pm Friday 2 February 2018
Design and synthesis of a prospective drug candidate against Diabetes
Applications accepted all year round.
The effect of a novel psychosensory intervention on athletes' mental health and performance
Applications accepted all year round.
Undertaking an MPhil or PhD
Nottingham Trent University offers opportunities to study for an MPhil or PhD by research in all its academic schools. Supervision is available by full-time or part-time study, and can sometimes be provided by distance learning.
Research in the School of Science and Technology is rich and diverse, with staff conducting internationally recognised and world-leading research. Research is clustered in Research Centres and units, providing a focus for different themes with their underpinning platforms:
Biomedical Sciences and the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre
Our biomedical research is world-leading and involves staff with broad academic backgrounds, including Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics, Analytical/Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry, Immunology, Microbiology and Pharmacology. In the REF 2014 assessment of University research quality, the Biomedical Sciences Research Unit's submission (to UoA A03) was highly rated, having 86% of overall activity at the highest 3* (internationally excellent) and 4* (world-leading) grades. This included achieving 100% of its impact at 3* and 4* levels.
Computing and Informatics
Our multi-disciplinary research is directed to address important questions and is clustered under three themes: Interactive Systems for cognitive and physical rehabilitation and mental wellbeing; Computational Intelligence and Applications for computationally intelligent methods and techniques; and Intelligent simulation, modelling and networking. In the recent REF2014 assessment of University research quality the Computing and Informatics Research Unit's submission (to UoA B11) was highly rated achieving 80% of its impact at 4* and 3* levels.
Materials and Engineering
Our multidisciplinary Materials and Engineering Research is extremely strong in terms of high quality outputs, income generation, and international impact. In the recent REF 2014 assessment of University research quality our Materials and Engineering Unit's submission (to UoA B15) was highly rated, having 84% of overall activity at the highest 3* (internationally excellent) and 4* (world-leading) grades. This included achieving a joint 7th rank out of 62 submitted UK institutions for the quality of our publications, which were judged as attaining 94.6% at 3* and 4* levels.
Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Centre
In the recent REF 2014 assessment of University research quality the Sport Sciences Research Unit's submission (to UoA C26) was highly rated, having 94% of the outputs rated at the 3* (internationally excellent) and 2* (internationally recognised) grades. Our Sports Science research is multi-disciplinary and is clustered under a number of themes, driven by the Musculoskeletal Physiology, Sports Performance, Exercise and Health and Sport in Society Research Groups.
These research units promote the research excellence and facilities within the School, and stimulate knowledge transfer, innovation and exploitation. They provide strategic direction in research planning and portfolio development, and ensure that mechanisms are in place to nurture research.
Supporting your studies
Carrying out research for a PhD, MPhil or ProfD requires different skills from undergraduate or taught postgraduate study. You will mostly work on your own research project, but we also emphasise the importance of regular meetings with your supervisory team.
The team consists of a director of studies (who will usually have expertise in your subject area) and at least one other supervisor selected for their complementary expertise such as relevant research methods.
The Doctoral School team will support you from your initial enquiry, through the application process and the various stages of your degree, until your viva voce examination and subsequent graduation. Once you begin your studies, you will have induction sessions to introduce you to the University, help you settle in and meet other researchers.
In addition to studying for a research degree, students undertaking traditional-route PhDs will participate in researcher training. This combines general research training with specific topics associated with your discipline. The training focuses on the requirements of external research funding bodies and government requirements.
We also provide a structured programme of transferable skills training and career development. This is informed by the work of Vitae, the national organisation which supports researchers throughout their careers.
Careers and employability
Your career development
Nottingham Trent University prides itself on the real-world relevance of its courses, and places particular emphasis on helping students to develop the academic and practical know-how that encourages initiative, innovation and academic excellence.
All our research degrees incorporate a programme of supporting studies designed to develop knowledge and skills of all aspects of the research process, including the funding and dissemination of research. This will ensure that you have the necessary expertise to successfully complete your doctoral programme and lay sound foundations for your future career.
Participation in academic conferences, seminars and external networks will cultivate contacts, skills and knowledge essential for successful research practice. These abilities are also transferable to a wide range of other careers. Researchers are also invited to take part in our own research conferences giving you the opportunity to present your work and discuss with other researchers at NTU.
There are some opportunities for research students to prepare for an academic career by teaching undergraduate students or supervising laboratory work, and students may take part in the Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education training programme.
Although formal placements are not a requirement of PhDs, the University has strong links with professionals in business and industry.
There are opportunities to participate in ERASMUS overseas exchanges in some subject areas. The University has links with many other institutions such as:
- Sapienza Università di Roma
- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
- l'Université d'Angers
- Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona).