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Applications may be submitted at any point during the year. You can apply to study for an MPhil or PhD at Southampton Solent University in a wide range of research areas. To apply you will be required to submit:

  • A CV and personal statement, clearly detailing your experience and why you are suitable for this opportunity,
  • a research proposal of approximately 1000 words,
  • two suitable references,
  • evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable),
  • qualification transcripts/certificates (scanned copies are suitable, but if accepted you will be required to present the originals at registration),
  • the photograph ID page of your passport, and
  • an employer guarantee form or confirmation of funding letter (if you are sponsored).

Applications should be made using the links below. If you have any questions, please email

Apply online for Mphil - Full-time

Apply online for MPhil - Part-time

Apply online for Mphil/PhD - Full-time

Apply online for MPhil/PhD - Part-time

Apply online for PhD - Full-time

Apply online for PhD - Part-time

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Business and society

Interested students should contact, or call 023 8210 3577, before making an application. Available areas of research study include:

  • accountancy, finance and economics;
  • business management;
  • international, tourism and events;
  • languages; and
  • law and criminology.

Maritime, technology and environment

Interested students should contact Dr Anthony Gallagher via email at, or over the phone on 023 8201 3748, before making an application. Available areas of research study include:

  • marine environmental policy,
  • marine operations,
  • engineering, and
  • design and the built environment.

Creative and digital industries

Interested students should contact Dr Sean Albiez via email at, or over the phone on 023 8201 3815, before making an application. Available areas of research study include:

  • visual communication and applied arts;
  • fashion, design and communication;
  • media and fashion styling;
  • fashion management and promotion;
  • film;
  • television and sound;
  • cultural production;
  • music;
  • computing and digital arts;
  • advertising, marketing and communication;
  • English and publishing;
  • feature journalism;
  • news journalism; and
  • cultural memory.

Sport, health and wellbeing

Interested students should contact Dr Richard Elliott via email at, or over the phone on 023 8201 3337, before making an application. Available areas of research study include:

  • health, fitness and wellbeing;
  • health and social care;
  • outdoor sports and management;
  • sport science; and
  • psychology.

Entry requirements

Research requires considerable commitment, perseverance and creativity. It presents a challenge both intellectually and organisationally, and you will need to work independently. Entry requirements to study for a postgraduate research degree are as follows:

  • MPhil/PhD: First or Second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • PhD Direct: Master’s degree or transfer from successful MPhil.

Any student for whom English is not a first language should, before being offered a place, have achieved an overall IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 with minimum sub-scores of 6.0 in in all component sections (writing, reading, listening and speaking).

Students who have studied a first degree or higher degree and answered their examinations in English will be exempt from this test.

Your research proposal

Before you can be accepted onto a research programme here at Solent, you will need to have submitted a research proposal. This will help our supervision teams to assess your suitability.

Your research proposal will need to include the following:

  • The subject you wish to research.
  • Why it is of interest to you.
  • How you propose to carry out your research.
  • How your proposed project relates to other work in the field.
  • How you think your project might contribute to further understanding of your subject.

Tuition fees

Your annual tuition fees are linked to your mode of study (full or part-time) and residential status. The University reviews and sets tuition fees annually. Each student is responsible for the payment of their fees. If your fees are paid by a sponsor you will need to submit written proof of this annually. The table below sets out the research degree tuition fees for the 2016/17 academic year.

Annual fees for 2016/17 academic year are:


UK and EU students 

Overseas students 







For further information on how to go about paying your fees, early payment discount, alumni discount and payment forms please see the finance section of the University website

What happens next?

Once all your documents are received by the graduate studies team, they will be forwarded to the appropriate scrutiny panel who will assess your application based on the following:

  • The proposed area of study is capable of leading to scholarly research and to its presentation for assessment at a viva examination.
  • There being appropriate expert supervision and capacity currently available within the University.
  • The suitability of your qualifications and/or experience.
  • There are appropriate resources in place at the University.

You can expect to hear the outcome of your application normally within eight weeks from submitting your application.

For further information on submitting an application, please contact the PGR support officer.

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