PhD study

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We provide a challenging and exciting opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research that makes a difference to industry practice, finds solutions to real-world challenges and helps improve the lives of people and animals. Hartpury offers a rich, dynamic and supportive environment.

Our Doctorate’s of Philosophy (PhDs) can be studied on a full or part-time basis. Offered in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE), this is the highest level of academic study available and would normally be taken on successful completion of a master's degree, directly from your undergraduate degree or following a period in industry.

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PhDs at Hartpury

The main component is the doctoral thesis - a significant research project on a specialist topic that adds new knowledge or understanding to your field of study, and is worthy of publication. You’ll be paired with one of our specialised supervisors to drive forward your project.

Throughout your doctoral study, you’ll be supported by our specialist academics and established researchers who are also leading coaches, trainers, scientists, behaviourists, nutritionists, veterinary professionals and psychologists.

Doctorates are generally completed over three to five years. As a PhD student, you’ll benefit from our unique research environment. Through our partnership with UWE, you’ll be a member of two passionate research communities, with access to a diverse range of resources, including cutting-edge commercial facilities and extensive research subjects, expertise and academic services.

Entry requirements

For a supervised PhD, we normally expect that applicants will hold at least a 2:1 or a master's qualification from a UK university or a degree of comparable standing from a university outside the UK. We also require a recognised English language qualification prior to making an unconditional offer.

For international applicants an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, or equivalent qualification, is required. If you require a Student Visa to undertake your research degree, you must apply for an academic place at least three months in advance of your proposed start date so you can obtain an offer in time to apply for your visa.

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Studentship Scheme

Our Postgraduate Studentship Scheme provides opportunities to get paid to undertake an important piece of research whilst achieving a PhD.

The programme enables students to enhance specialist subject knowledge, as well as gain experience and transferable skills. Successful applicants complete a full induction programme and receive ongoing continuing professional development support.

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Global expertise

We attract a strong network of academic professionals from across the globe. Many of whom are also leading coaches, trainers, scientists, behaviourists, nutritionists, veterinary professionals, psychologists and more.

Discover more about specific research staff on our PURE research management hub.

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