Research degrees/PhD study

Postgraduate research degrees


Join a research community that’s driving positive change through the creation of new science in animal and equine health and welfare; biodiversity and digital farming; as well as sports performance and public health.

Your unique journey

As a research student, you’ll be supported by our experienced researchers and a network of campus-based and virtual experts to help you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Make a difference

Technological and scientific developments are rapidly influencing our industries, making innovative research essential to sustainable real-world practice. We provide the ideal environment to support you to get involved in developing your own expertise whilst making a difference in an area that matters to you.

High-quality research

You’ll be supported by specialist academics to design and execute high-quality research that uncovers solutions to real-world challenges, contributing to the improvement of the lives of people and animals, as well as the planet. You’ll work with established researchers who are also leading coaches, trainers, scientists, behaviourists, nutritionists, veterinary professionals, psychologists and more.

Going the extra mile

Access to exciting workshops, industry events, national and global conferences will provide you with valuable networking opportunities, enabling you to develop new industry and academic partnerships and promote your expertise where it matters.

Finance

Your money matters

Postgraduate study can be a worthwhile investment, helping you to achieve your personal and professional goals, as well as to contribute to economic prosperity and knowledge exchange to improve our world.

Accessing funding can make this possible for many students. You can find out more about fees and financial support packages offered by Hartpury and our partners below.

PhD studentships

Hartpury studentships provide an opportunity for a funded PhD place in return for you undertaking an important piece of research, linked to a specific project. In effect, you’ll earn a salary in return for helping us to answer a pressing research question in one of our focus areas.

Research centres

You’ll benefit from a campus that’s received over £50 million investment in recent years, with access to high quality equipment, some that’s the most advanced facilities in the world at an educational institution.

New technologies are regularly updated in line with industry advancements to ensure our students develop their skills and projects in line with best practice.

Home to nine specialist businesses for real-world application, Hartpury provides the ideal professional learning environment for you to absorb yourself in PhD study in the real world.

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MRes degrees

Not sure if a PhD is right for you? Why not explore a masters in research instead – a shorter qualification that‘s regarded highly by professionals and can help to prepare you for PhD study later on.

You’ll be supported to design and deliver your own unique research project whilst developing new theoretical and practical expertise to help progress your career.

MSc degrees

Developed in partnership with employers, these degrees allow you to immerse yourself in a subject you're passionate about through a range of modules and a dissertation.

Our qualifications have been designed to fit around employment and other commitments, offering part-time and full-time options, as well as block, weekend and evening delivery.

Take a tour of our world-class facilities

You’ll benefit from a campus that’s received over £50 million investment in the last 10 years, with access to high quality equipment, some that’s the most advanced in the world at an educational institution.

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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Student stories

Shaping best practice

Dr. Gillian Tabor, PhD (equine physiotherapy)

Gillian is carving out best practice in physiotherapy, promoting the use of objective measures for monitoring effects of treatment of musculoskeletal conditions by physiotherapists.

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A life-changing experience

Ellen Gibson, PhD student (stakeholder interplay in dairy welfare and production) 

The PhD scholarship has been the best career decision I have made; I am working in an area I truly love, whilst undertaking new opportunities to be involved in exciting projects and to be immersed in the world of science.

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Creating new opportunities

Alice Cline, PhD student (childhood development)

Through my research at Hartpury, I’m working closely with primary schools across the county to make the most of this critical development stage through the encouragement of specialist movement and physical activities with their pupils.

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