The research student experience at the University of Winchester is academically stimulating, intellectually satisfying and immensely rewarding. You will join a thriving community of staff and postgraduate students who share scholarly interests, attend seminars and conferences and social events.
Support mechanisms are first-class and the learning environment is professional but friendly. Our research students are treated as individuals not numbers, and all are encouraged to become active contributors to the research infrastructure at the University. All research students are administered by the Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre. Photo: PhD graduates at the 2014 Graduation ceremony.
Find out more about the RKE Centre and its facilities for research students
Research Training Opportunities
Research Training is an essential part of research candidature. It develops students' generic research skills and offers opportunities for career development. The University runs Research Training events throughout the year. In addition, PGR students also register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills which runs alongside their MPhil or PhD. The PGCert is made up of three 20-credit modules and is taught at a distance using technology-enhanced learning. As well as offering students the opportunity to reflect on their own research, the PGCert also engages students in the dissemination of their work and with their own career development. PGR students are also able to take modules preparing them for teaching in Higher Education as part of the Research Training Programme.
Applicants for entry to postgraduate research programmes should have at least one of the following:
- A masters degree from a UK university or a degree from a non-UK institution deemed to be of equal standing to a UK degree, or
- A first class or upper second class bachelor degree award by a UK university or a degree of a non-UK institution deemed to be of equal standing to a UK degree, or
- A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to a good degree, or
- Equivalent evidence of prior professional practice or learning that meets the University’s criteria and guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (see the relevant documents on our Freedom of information Public Documents page)
- Two satisfactory written reports from academic referees
- A student is admitted to a Professional Doctorate or Professional Masters programme on the basis of being actively engaged in a profession relevant to the award being sought
- For the award of PhD by Works in the Public Domain or the Prof Doc by Contribution to Practice, an appropriate number of prior publications or other outputs (this shall be determined on a case by case basis as specified in the programme outlines). These degrees are currently available only to members of staff and to people who have an existing relationship with the University.
For information regarding tuition fees, click HERE.
Self-funded PGR students can apply for means-tested fees bursaries. The University of Winchester also operates a staff fee waiver scheme. In all cases, applications must be renewed each year. All self-funded students can apply for the reimbursement of expenses related to their research such as the cost of books, software, conferences and equipment. In addition, the University will provide support for students who apply for national and international studentships.
If you decide to take an MPhil/PhD at Winchester you will be allocated to a supervisory team headed up by a Director of Studies. Usually your Director of Studies will be an expert in your chosen field of study and he/she will advise and support you as your progress through your research. All supervisors regularly publish in their field and you can be confident in the expertise they bring to your project. For full information on our currently available areas of supervision, visit the Research Supervisors page.