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The University of Northampton provides opportunities to undertake research degrees for the awards of MPhil and PhD. With an outstanding reputation in research across a range of disciplines, research degree students at the University of Northampton can achieve their potential in an exciting and supportive environment. When studying for a postgraduate research degree you will be joining a vibrant graduate community where your academic and pastoral needs are paramount.


Our postgraduate research programmes have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for the training that we provide and for the attention that we give to your career development. Our charter of care pledges us to provide you with a supervisory team who have the skills and subject knowledge to support and encourage your successful progression. You will study in an environment where high-quality research is occurring and where your personal progress is carefully monitored.


Minimum and maximum registration periods are in place to ensure the quality and currency of our research degrees. All students initially register as Advanced Postgraduate Students. Within the first year, students transfer onto an MPhil or PhD pathway, subject to satisfactory progress. Progression points are built into our research degrees to ensure that the student and the project are on track to meet the requirements of the degree and to meet the submission deadlines.





Figures published by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council England) show that the University of Northampton’s research degree completion rates for full-time students are well above the sector average.


If you are enrolling on a research degree you are expected to take part in an extensive research training programme that extends throughout the entire period of your study. This is multistranded and aims not only to provide the skills needed to complete a successful degree, but also to be a proficient researcher when moving along your career path. The programme comprises generic, discipline and project-based training. Satisfactory completion of various parts of this training programme are a requirement for progression for MPhil and PhD. All research degree students are supported through a supervisory team that comprises staff with experience and expertise in the field of study. A requirement is that regular meetings are held between you and the supervisory team to enable discussion, feedback, review and forward planning. Where opportunities arise, you will be encouraged to participate


in networked training events, to present papers at conferences, and to take part in other external activities to enhance your development as a researcher.


Research Studentships


Bursaries for the University of Northampton studentship are advertised annually on our website, normally during early summer. These offer a maintenance grant, a project budget (currently £1,000) to cover costs of travel and subsistence and payment of all fees and registration expenses. Candidates should normally have a good Honours degree (First or upper Second Class) or a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate academic subject and be able to provide satisfactory academic references.


Research Degree Portfolio


PhD Doctorates are awarded to students who have demonstrated:


• the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication


a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice


• the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems


• a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Candidates are required to submit a thesis for examination and defend their thesis in an oral viva voce examination. The length of the thesis is 40,000 words in science-based subjects or 80,000 in social sciences, arts and humanities-based subjects.


PhD by Published Works


PhD by means of published works is a route to PhD for experienced researchers. Students are required to submit a body of existing published works alongside a critical appraisal of 7,500 to 15,000 words, making a case for their research as a coherent body of work contributing to knowledge in their field. Candidates are required to defend their submission in an oral viva voce examination.


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