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The research student experience

As a research student at Winchester you will join a thriving community of staff and postgraduate students who share scholarly interests, attend seminars and conferences and social events. Support mechanisms are first-class and the learning environment is professional but friendly. All our research students are encouraged to become active contributors to the research community at the University.

All research students are administered by the University of Winchester Doctoral School, based in the Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre. All viva voce examinations also take place there. Our Skills Development team administers and provides training for both research supervisors and research students; see below for more information on research training.


Current self-funded opportunities

Opportunities in Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing

From enhancing wellbeing and performance in junior grassroots football to developing apps for team sports and supporting individuals with Long COVID, explore the exciting research degree opportunities offered in the Sport and Exercise Research Centre.

NB: for the junior grassroots football research degree opportunity, the application deadline is 31 May 2022.

Opportunities in Forensic and Investigative Psychology

From the role of culture in interviewing witnesses to approaches to detecting deception, explore the exciting research degree opportunities in the Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology.

How to apply

Everything you need to know to apply for a research degree

Studentship opportunities

We regularly offer exciting opportunities for doctoral studentships, both fully funded and fees-only. Find out more about our Studentships.

Research training 

At Winchester, research training is an essential part of research candidature.

The University runs Research Training events throughout the year. In addition, research students register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills which runs alongside their MPhil or PhD. The PGCert is made up of three 20-credit modules and is taught at a distance using technology-enhanced learning.

As well as offering students the opportunity to reflect on their own research, the PGCert also engages students in the dissemination of their work and with their own career development. Research students are also able to take modules preparing them for teaching in Higher Education as part of the research training programme.

Contact us

For any queries, please do not hesitate to email the PGR team.