Postgraduate funding opportunities at Staffordshire University

PhD and Doctoral Courses in East Midlands England

Are you ready to own your future?

Postgraduate Research opportunities with an award-winning university

At Staffordshire University, we provide high-quality postgraduate education across a wide range of subject areas including business and enterprise, crime and justice, culture and society, technology and environment and wellbeing and education. Whether you want to push your professional boundaries, or you are challenging yourself with a career change – Staffordshire university can help you achieve your goals.

If you undertake a research degree at Staffordshire University, you’ll be part of a dynamic research community with the opportunity to share ideas, undertake professional training and work in collaboration.

From on campus researchers to off-campus, distance learning study – our postgraduate students undertake their research in a wide range of modes. We can offer guidance and support for your preferred option, which will be discussed with your supervisory team during the application process.

Why choose Staffordshire University for your postgraduate degree?

  • University of the Year – Edufuturist Awards 2021
  • 78% of our research is world-leading or of international importance – REF 2014 (2021 pending)
  • Top 15 for Teaching Quality – The Time and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • Top 15 for Student Satisfaction – Complete University Guide 2022
  • Top 20 for Job Prospects – Student Crowd Universities Awards 2021
  • 6th for Social Inclusion – The Time and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Study, to suit you

Wherever in the world you are you can study with Staffordshire University. With over 30 distance and blended learning courses available, you have the power to study flexibly both on and off-campus, graduate with a respected qualification from our award-winning institution, and achieve your full potential in your career. We offer various part-time and full-time options too, meaning you can fit study around work and family.

A connected city campus

Our main campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent, with the major cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool all under an hours commute. Plus, we have a specialist healthcare Centre of Excellence in Stafford and Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute offering the latest in tech courses in the capital.

Committed to you and your future

We’re continually investing in our campus to provide the very best experience to our students, staff and visitors. In 2022, we’re launching three fantastic projects which will enrich your experiences here at Staffordshire University.

The Catalyst – This £40m investment will be a unified building, bringing together social, study, teaching and support functions. Interwoven with these, the building will also be home to the University’s business and marketing programmes.

Centre for Health Innovation – This £5.8m centre gives students the chance to immerse themselves in the latest medical techniques and methods, developing new patient safety techniques through cutting edge digital simulation and immersion suites.

Woodlands Day Nursery and Forest School – Alongside offering 100 full day-care places for children of staff and students, our nursery and forest school features an observational learning suite where teaching can be observed, facilitating applied learning for trainee teachers, social workers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, and students at the University.

We’re more than just physical facilities, our brilliant and friendly Staffs community are what makes us, us. With second-to-none support services and academic staff committed to your success, you’ll soon discover why we’re so #ProudToBeStaffs.

Community of Researchers

Whether you are looking for consultancy, collaboration, or are wanting to pursue your research as a postgraduate student, our research community is a great place to start. You can connect with our researchers via their personal profiles.

What our students say

Don’t just take it from us, here’s what some of our students have to say about postgraduate at Staffordshire University…

‘My experience at Staffs has been incredibly rewarding. The learning environment is supportive and the course was very well put together. This allowed me to know well in advance what to expect which is crucial when combining studies with a full-time job. Both the academic and administrative staff go above and beyond to provide a smooth learning experience whilst maintaining the highest academic standards.’ Al Makraz, MA International Policy and Diplomacy

‘I would strongly recommend anyone who is considering studying Health Psychology to apply to Staffordshire University. The diversity of the module content and assignments equip you with skills and knowledge that are beneficial beyond the Masters.’ Sophie Phillips, Graduate, MSc Health Psychology

Experience Staffs for yourself

There’s no better way to get a feel for our university than an open event. At Staffs we run numerous open events both on-campus and online throughout the year. At one of our open events, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Chat to our brilliant and friendly academics to discuss the course you’re interested in
  • Get one-to-one advice and guidance from our expert student support, finance, careers and personal development teams
  • Join a Finance talk and find out everything you need to know about fees and funding for postgraduate study
  • Chat to some of our current postgraduate students to discover more about student life and why Staffordshire University is the place to be for postgraduate study
  • Find out more about the application process for postgraduate courses
  • Learn more about our on-campus facilities including our library, nursery and careers studio

Our next Postgraduate Open Event is on Wednesday 3 August 2022book your place and discover how we can support you on the journey to owning your future.

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