Research Degrees at Winchester

Our research students are treated as individuals not numbers, and are a valuable part of our research community.

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 University's vibrant research community.

We offer supervision in a wide range of subjects and have an excellent track record of completions. If you decide to study for an MPhil/PhD at Winchester, you will be allocated to a supervisory team headed up by a Director of Studies. Your Director of Studies will be an expert in your chosen field of study and he/she will advise and support you as you progress through your research. All our supervisors regularly publish in their field and you can be confident in the expertise they bring to your project.

All research students are administered by the University of Winchester Doctoral School, which also hosts the viva voce examinations and provides training for both research supervisors and research students; see below for more information on research training.

Current self-funded opportunities

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.

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 Doctoral School 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.


How to apply

Everything you need to know to apply for a research degree


Contact us

For any queries, please do not hesitate to email the Doctoral School.