University of Portsmouth

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Postgraduate research opportunities at the University of Portsmouth

PhD and Doctoral programmes at a university as ambitious as you.

“The opportunity to work on collaborative research project between University of Portsmouth and NATO during my Master’s inspired me to pursue a PhD here”

Odartey, PhD in Computing




The confidence to pursue your ambitions. Opportunities to work on papers and experience conferences. Connections with people who can make a difference in your career. A research degree at Portsmouth shows the world it’s time for you to make an impact.

Our island community is a place where you’ll find freedom to hone your skills, sharpen your thinking and follow your own path. Our world needs new ideas – we’ll support you to shape ones that will change it. At Portsmouth, we empower you to reach your breakthrough moments.

From our city centre campus, to online, to your workplace, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

Why Portsmouth?

  • Top 3 modern university for research power (REF Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • Research that has an international impact
  • 5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2024
  • Dedicated Graduate School supporting all research students
  • Research scholarships, bursaries and funded projects

Helping you do research that betters the world

A research degree is like no other mode of study. The community at Portsmouth wants you to feel empowered in your work. So we help with the nuts and bolts which hold your research together. And we don’t stop at training you in research methods and the skills that help you stand out – like how to manage a complex project. We also train supervisors to do a great job of guiding and supporting you.

For your next step, you’ll enjoy the support of an expert team who know the worlds of academia and all kinds of industry inside-out. Our Careers and Employability Service offer expert, tailored advice to help you secure and shape the future you want. They have strong links with local employers. They can advise you on career planning and volunteering opportunities. And they organise dedicated employer events. You can tap into their support for up to 5 years after you leave us.

Covering your costs

You’re investing in your future. We’re here to help you understand the fees and costs involved, and what support is available to you. That support could include a range of loans, scholarships and bursaries. We also offer some funded PhD opportunities.

Take a look at our comprehensive guide to fees, funding, scholarships and more.

Research breakthroughs

The University of Portsmouth is a haven for world-leading research. From our island city, we reach out around the globe to help solve societies’ problems. Many researchers are actively involved in supervision.

Recent research at Portsmouth includes engineering an enzyme that could make single-use plastic recyclable, decoding the language of violence against women, and helping to discover a new species of orangutan.

The city and campus

Portsmouth is a city with a proud past and a bright future. Voted number two in the best places to live in the UK (Nomad Nation 2023), number four most affordable city to live (NatWest Student Living Index 2023) and one of the top 10 trending destinations in the

Portsmouth is a place to be bold and original, to break the mould. Woven around the city centre and just a short walk from the seafront, our campus offers a friendly community and the ideal space to focus.

Portsmouth is a place to be bold and original, to break the mould. Woven around the city centre and just a short walk from the seafront, our campus offers a friendly community and the ideal space to focus.

Postgraduate open events online and on campus

Get face time with academics who want to help you progress. Find a way forward with funding and finance. And explore how flexible postgrad study at Portsmouth can be. These are just some of the opportunities you can take advantage of at a postgraduate open evening or virtual experience. Book your place today.

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