Your PhD at the University of Brighton will develop your professional skills as a researcher in your chosen discipline, and enable you to make your original contribution to knowledge, working alongside dedicated academics in a vibrant, supportive community.
The University of Brighton has a rich scholarly history, particularly in applied research. It prides itself on academic work that has major public impact, on its innovative approaches to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, and its part in the progress of new and under-represented disciplines.
We have an enviable record of preparing students for their place in the wider world. Our PhD students all benefit from an approach that recognises the value of rigorous research study and the transferable, high-level skillsets that are developed in the work towards a PhD thesis. We also offer our students the benefit of our strong connections to regional, national and international research networks, industry, public services and professional associations.
Our supportive environment will place you with an expert supervisory team, typically of two supervisors, and will embed your work within the research of specialist departments. Most students are introduced as members of several research communities; you will be based within a specialist disciplinary school and within focused research groups and/or Centres of Research and Enterprise Excellence (COREs). You also have opportunities to join students across the university through our Doctoral College and its training programmes.
We recognise doctoral research as the lifeblood of all universities; we welcome our PhD students as the next generation of researchers and scholars, who will continue the mission to generate new knowledge and address the global challenges that face us all.
Search our PhD discipline areas for key terms or browse through our lists.
We recommend that you use our discipline-focussed programme pages to explore potential supervision and find routes to application and funding.
Application to the University of Brighton should generally be made after a preliminary approach to a chosen lead supervisor.