Self-funded PhDs

Our self-funded PhDs give you the chance to work with our established research academics in an area we have identified as a priority for research. You will be able to select from a range of pre-defined research topics. However, if none of the advertised opportunities are quite right for you, you can create your own research project. To do this, the project would need to be developed as a proposal and would need to be discussed with a potential supervisor before you apply. This is to ensure your research area aligns with our research focus. We recommend that you look at our research centres and groups for our current research areas and review our guidance on how to write a research proposal.

A PhD usually takes three years full-time and up to six years part-time. For self-funded PhDs, there are a range of options that may be available to you to help you fund your PhD.

Please contact the project supervisor(s) directly to find out more about availability on the projects and how to apply.

Current opportunities

These are the self-funded PhDs available across our Colleges: