Roehampton offers three types of research degree:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Professional Doctorates (DTh, PsychD)
  • PhD by Published works

In addition to the programme requirements outlined below, research students are required to attend the Research Student Development Programme, including research methods training. When you have completed your programme of study you will submit a thesis for examination. If you  would like more information about PhD level study, we recommend you take a look at the Vitae website which provides useful information and advice for those considering applying for a research degree.

How to apply

Applications for October 2017 and January 2018 entry are now closed.

Application forms for October 2018 entry would need to be received by 30th June 2018.

Please see the Funding page for detailed information about Studentship application deadlines.

Finding a supervisor

Prospective students should contact a relevant member of academic staff before submitting an application. This is to ensure that appropriate supervisory expertise is available for the proposed research project. A list of academic staff and their research interests is available via the relevant Research Centre or Academic Department. If you are unable to determine the most appropriate supervisor for your research project, please contact the relevant departmental Research Degrees Convenor.

Application process

Please refer to the Guidance Notes for Applicants when completing your application. Ensure you have completed all relevant sections of the application, including an outline of your proposed research project.

You can download an application pack here.

Please complete all sections of the application form, and return it to pgresearch@roehampton.ac.uk.

In addition to the application form you must also submit:

  • Copies of academic certificates or transcripts
  • Copies of professional qualification certificates (if relevant)
  • Test results to demonstrate your proficiency in English (if required, see below)
  • References from academic referees (sealed or sent directly to the proposed department).

If your application and references are satisfactory and appropriate supervisory support is available, the University will arrange an interview with you. In addition to the completed application form, the Department may ask for an example of your previous written work (for example, a chapter from an MA thesis). If your interview is successful you will be invited to register with the University. During the course of your programme you will be required to obtain formal University approval of your research before commencing your research project.

English Language Proficiency

If English is not your first language and you have not taken a degree level qualification in a majority English speaking country as defined by UKVI, you will be required to give details of any English Language courses/tests taken or about to be taken. If an international student with no previous study in UK-based or English speaking universities, please include evidence in your application of your proficiency to speak, read, write and understand English. Please note that University Regulations require research students to meet a minimum level of English Language proficiency, which is currently IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all bands) or Pearsons PTE 67 overall (minimum 61 in all categories). We are unable to accept TESOL or TOEFL qualifications as meeting the English language entry requirements.

Information about research degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate School

A PhD is for students who wish to devise an independent research project which will result in an original contribution to knowledge in the subject area. Students can study on a full-time or a part-time basis, and programmes begin in October or January.

To enter the PhD programme you are expected to hold a master's degree in a relevant subject area or evidence of equivalent experience and learning acquired in a professional context.

You will be expected to have formulated an outline research proposal at the initial application stage. You will not be asked to provide a full-length research proposal at this stage; rather you will spend the first months of your course developing your proposal under the guidance of your supervisory team.


Professional Doctorates

The professional doctorate is an alternate pathway to a doctoral level qualification and a professionally-oriented equivalent to the traditional PhD. It provides a framework for the demonstration and development of advanced professional knowledge and skills. Although there is a substantial research component, much emphasis is placed on the skills and training needed for professional practice in the field.

The University offers the following Professional Doctorate programmes:

For entry onto the professional doctorate programmes a combination of academic qualifications as well as relevant professional experience is required. See further details on the individual degree programme pages.


PhD by Published Works

The degree of PhD by Published Works retrospectively evaluates the published work of a candidate, and would be suitable for people entering higher education in mid-career, especially in practice-based disciplines or following research careers in industry. The published works should form a coherent programme of research around a theme and can be seen as comparable to the PhD thesis. PhD by Published Works is only offered on a part-time basis and cannot be taken by international students who require a Tier 4 Visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.

To enter on to the PhD by Published Works programme you are usually expected to hold a good honours degree from an approved Higher Education Institution. You will also need to have published extensively in your subject area. The application process involves consideration by the university of the published works and their suitability for a PhD. All published works to be submitted for the degree must be published at the time of application.


Visiting Research Students