PhD Programs

Phd Study

As well as building the foundations of an academic career, studying for a PhD will enable you to develop excellent research skills and become an expert in your field while pursuing your passion - and the introduction of PhD loans means that Doctoral study is more accessible than ever before.

Am I eligible?

PhD studentships typically demand that applicants have a Bachelors degree at 2:1 or above, plus a relevant Masters degree or professional experience at that level of study. Those who already possess a PhD are often ineligible, while some PhD studentships are limited to students fitting certain criteria - for example, those from a disadvantaged background, from a certain country or of a certain ethnicity.

5 routes to getting a Doctorate

PhD by thesis

Integrated PhD

PhD by publication

Professional Doctorate

Distance learning PhD

What other PhD funding is available?


Employer sponsorship

PhD loans

Research Council funding

scholarships and bursaries



UK Universities

Universities in the U.K. offer high-quality education, which attracts international students. The QS Ranking of 2022 identifies four UK universities as among the top universities in the world. These are some of the top universities offering PhD programs in the UK

  • 1

    University of Oxford
  • 2

    University of Cambridge
  • 3

    Imperial College London
  • 4

    University College London
  • 5

    University of Edinburgh
  • 6

    University of Manchester
  • 7

    King's College London
  • 8

    University of Bristol