PhD and MPhil Opportunities

Postgraduate study at Bath Spa University has a number of unique attractions. Our postgraduate awards have developed over the years - often with invaluable input from experts within associated industries - to provide opportunities for advanced study that are both academically challenging and vocationally relevant. The University operates within a vigorous research culture in which students undertaking MPhil and PhD degrees excel, undertaking work at the cutting edge of their fields.

The University has established an enviable reputation for the quality of its teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our courses are of the highest quality, taught by a team of scholars and researchers who are experts in their own fields. Bath Spa University is a thriving academic community in which support for each individual student is given a very high priority.  Bath Spa University is committed to maintain an active research portfolio. This commitment extends to concentrating on our areas of strength while also fostering new research areas. The University has research activity across all of its academic schools with particular strengths, as measured in the independent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008 - see www.rae.ac.uk), in Art and Design, English and Creative Writing, History, Music, and Psychology. All ten subject areas entered in RAE2008 (Biological Sciences, Geography, Psychology, Education, English and Creative Writing, Study of Religions, History, Art and Design, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies) were judged to be contributing internationally recognised research (2* and above). In five areas (Music, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Art and Design, History and English) some of the research was awarded a world-leading rating (4*).

Where there are a number of academic staff and doctoral researchers working together around common themes the University has approved Research Centres and Research Groups. The University particularly welcomes PhD enquiries from potential applicants whose research may complement that of the Centres and Groups.

We look forward to talking with you about your plans for postgraduate study.

PhD / MPhil Fee Waiver Studentships 2013/14 - Applications Closed

Bath Spa University successfully recruited 9 PhD / MPhil fee waiver studentships for the academic year 2013/14.  Studentships were available for practice based MPhil / PhD awards and for interdisciplinary MPhil / PhD awards across more than one subject area. These were all linked to the university’s areas of research strength in creativity, culture and enterprise.