PhD Regulatory Science

About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills that are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.  

You will undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminars to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the degree, you will be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications. 

How to apply

To apply for a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire, you should have a specific developed area of focus. It is recommended that you have an established track record / experience in your desired area to support your application. The quality of your research proposal, your suitability for pursuing higher research and our capacity to supervise the chosen topic are the principal criteria for admission. You will need to submit a written research proposal and personal statement to the Doctoral College but informal discussion before formal application is strongly encouraged. 

Teaching methods

A PhD is a not a taught course. Students are expected to initiate their learning and development through seeking out opportunities provided by the University. Your supervisors will assist and support you throughout your time with us. 

The PhD programme can be undertaken on a full or part time basis and we endeavour to provide fully supportive research and learning environment with flexible supervision to enhance your experience and help you to make the most of your research learning time with us. 

Your supervision team will have both subject expertise and PhD supervision experience. 

Course experts

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What’s next for my career?

By undertaking a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire you will gain:  

  • recognition through showcasing the output of your research at the national and international forums 

  • recognition as an expert in your field of research by publishing your work in peer reviewed and impactful scientific journals 

  • an internationally recognised research qualification 

  • advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level 

  • research skills through practice and extensive research experience.

Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research and have track record of publication in their field of research. 



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