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Solent University prides itself on carrying out not only pioneering research, but research that's applicable to real world problems. Please visit our research pages for further information on the research carried out at the University.

We offer many opportunities to study for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. As part of your studies, you will also be expected to undertake formal research training via the completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Research. Further details regarding this course can be obtained from the graduate studies team.

You'll be supported throughout your research by a specialist supervision team formed of motivated, dedicated and experienced academic staff. They'll guide you through a tailored programme of related studies and research training, underpinned by excellent pastoral and administrative support.

The results of your research may be presented as a final thesis, an artefact or performance. This must be accompanied by a written commentary, and you'll also be examined orally on the topic and programme of work you've followed.

Find out more about studying for a postgraduate research degree at Solent

Postgraduate research support 

Staff from the University's schools, research and innovation hubs, learning and information services, and our specialist advisers in the Student Hub are there to ensure that you are fully supported throughout your doctoral journey.


After gaining initial information, advice and guidance from our website, prospective postgraduate applicants are invited to make contact with the relevant hub's postgraduate research coordinator to discuss their proposed application in more detail. Students are only admitted if they are suitably qualified and their proposed programme of study can be supported by the hub. This means we can ensure there is a suitably qualified and experienced supervisory team, and that you'll have access to specialist facilities and information resources, as appropriate. The ethical implications of the proposed study are also considered.

Applications and registration

Our graduate studies team can provide advice and support if you're considering or preparing an application on non-academic matters such as student finance or tuition fees. They can also provide advice on the admissions process and timescales, and assist you with registering with the University once your application has been successful.

Student visas

If you're an international student you're required to provide proof of your right to study in the UK. Our specialist international support team in the Student Hub is dedicated to supporting international students and can provide advice and support on student visas and Tier 4 student visa applications. The Hub hold ‘open surgery’ sessions for international applicants and current students to discuss urgent matters in relation to visas.

Find out more about student visas


You'll be designated a supervisory team to guide you throughout your research. The team will normally consist of two members of academic staff; a director of studies, who you will meet with regularly, and a second supervisor. If your project is inter-disciplinary or in collaboration with another company or institution you may have a third supervisor appointed.

Supervision is a partnership between supervisor and student. Both partners have rights and responsibilities, which are clearly defined in the guidance note series.

Postgraduate research coordinators will oversee all aspects of your learning experience. This includes ensuring that supervisory teams are suited to your programme of studies and seeking out a suitable replacement should a member leave the team. 

The University recognises that the frequency of formal supervision meetings can vary according to the conventions of the subject area, the nature of the research, availability of both parties, the stage in the studies, and progress made. However, you should have reasonable access to members of your supervisory team. 

Student welfare

Student Hub advisers can provide information, advice and guidance on all aspects of student life. Postgraduate research students can directly access a broad range of services through the Student Hub, such as employability and enterprise, spirituality and faith, funding and debt advice, international advice, and counselling.

Researcher development programme

Solent University’s researcher development programme (RDP) offers a range of opportunities available for our postgraduate students to develop their research, professional and personal skills.

The RDP is based on the national Researcher Development Framework (developed by Vitae) and is guided by Solent’s research and innovation strategy. The RDP focuses on four key areas of knowledge, behaviours and attributes of effective and highly skilled researchers: 

  • Knowledge and intellectual abilities.
  • Personal effectiveness.
  • Research governance and organisation.
  • Engagement, influence and impact.

The RDP provides year-round workshops and events providing a wide range of training and activities to choose from in order to cater for every student’s development.

Research centre 

Postgraduate research is conducted within the University's doctoral research centre. Each full-time postgraduate research student is guaranteed a minimum of:

  • IT and telecommunication resources, including the use of a PC, adequate software, and access to a telephone line.
  • Printing and photocopying facilities.
  • Library resources, including the inter-library loan facility.
  • Working space in the relevant research centre.
  • Specialist in-house facilities.

Learning support facilities for part-time research students are more variable and are normally negotiated between the prospective student and the research centre prior to enrolment.

Contact us

The graduate studies team are based in the research and innovation office, located in the Michael Andrews building.

The team are your port of call for all administrative queries, such as:

  • Application and admission.
  • Registration.
  • RD1PA (research proposal) submission.
  • Suspension or extension.
  • Changes to mode of study.
  • CAS request.
  • Thesis submission.
  • Examination arrangements.
  • Withdrawal from programme of study..

PGR Support Officer
Research and Innovation, room A223
Solent University 
East Park Terrace
Southampton SO14 0YN

Telephone: 023 8201 3577

Office hours: 9am-5.30pm (please telephone or email ahead of your visit)

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