Research with us

We are particularly interested in applications for doctoral research at the University of Derby that address one or more of the following areas. If you are interested in pursuing research in any of the listed topics, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Including the topics of

  • arts and interdisciplinary practice
  • history of art, design and architecture
  • cultural value
  • arts, health practice and wellbeing
  • new technologies and sustainability
  • creative ecologies and nature connections
  • photography and film
  • dance, drama and music

Including the topics of

  • conservation
  • biodiversity
  • animal behaviour
  • ecosystem sustainability and evolution
  • oncology, virology and nutrition

Including the topics of

  • supply chain management and logistics
  • accelerating the shift to a low carbon economy
  • transforming the customer experience
  • business networks
  • tourism development

Including the topics of

  • identity, culture and representation
  • society, religion and belief
  • sociological and historical studies
  • English literature and language
  • history and heritage
  • American Studies including postwestern studies and War on Terror
  • culture, lifestyle and landscape
  • creative writing

Including the topics of

  • cloud computing
  • computational physics, visualisation, high performance computing
  • data science and big data analytics
  • cyber security
  • green IT
  • distributed and intelligent systems

Including the topics of

  • bio-geoscience
  • geological resources
  • environmental/palaeoenvironmental change
  • sustainable resource use (including policy)
  • climate change and its lived experience
  • bioavailability

Including the topics of

  • careers education and guidance
  • educational philosophy
  • academic freedom
  • emotions in education and teaching
  • higher education

Including the topics of

  • mechanical and manufacturing engineering, the built environment
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • product and process development
  • advanced manufacturing
  • embedded sensors and smart devices
  • energy and the environment
  • low carbon

Including the topics of

  • public health
  • primary care and health services research
  • gender and health
  • arts, health and wellbeing research

Including the topics of

  • medical law
  • criminal investigation
  • social justice
  • crime
  • offender management
  • policing

How to apply

You can apply for a research degree throughout the year. Postgraduate research students enrol at the University of Derby at specific intakes – please check the next available entry point.