Doctoral College

Welcome to the Doctoral College

The University of Hertfordshire has a strong community of research degree candidates with a broad spectrum of research activity. We have the most distinctive and varied portfolios of Masters and Doctoral study in the UK, providing a stimulating and diverse environment.

Our aim is to provide the highest level of professional support throughout your degree. At Herts, the next generation of researchers is central to our ongoing research strategy and we are highly committed to supporting your developing work.

Dr Susan Grey, Director of the Doctoral College

We have a strategic programme in research which has Postgraduate research students at its core.

MSc in Research (Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics)

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics (PAM) invites applications from candidates interested in pursuing an MSc in Research on a topic that falls within the current research interests of PAM academic staff.

Students who enrol in this programme will have the opportunity to work on a substantial research project under the supervision of a member of the research staff. Assessment is through submission of a thesis documenting the research project and a viva voce examination. Students are responsible for the payment of fees and living expenses. A Brian May Scholarship (worth £ 2000) is awarded annually to an MSc student in Astronomy. The minimum entry requirement is a lower second class honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics or Computer Science. Entrance is not automatic at this level and we will be particularly interested in any previous research or other relevant experience that you may have.

The Mathematical Physics group of the University of Hertfordshire invites applications for a PhD position starting in October 2019.

Financial support

Financial support is available for Postgraduate UK and EU students. See what help you could get.

We have a number of Scholarships on offer which might make all the difference to your plans.

Choose your research degree

Discover our complete list of research degrees and begin your path towards academic excellence.

Community of scholars

The Doctoral College organises events throughout the year for you to meet with other researchers and feel part of the community here at University of Hertfordshire.

These bring junior and senior researchers together to promote a stimulating research environment and cooperation across disciplines and include an annual Research student conference, a Christmas party and a Summer BBQ. We also have guest speakers throughout the year.

The University promotes a strong cohort identity among its research degree students, within a stimulating and supportive learning environment.

QAA HE Review Report of University of Hertfordshire

Health and wellbeing

As a research student, you have an exciting journey ahead but you may also face challenges along the way. Pressure to produce work of a high standard, meeting deadlines and balancing your degree against other commitments. We recognise these challenges and are here to offer the additional support you may need.

Our student wellbeing team delivers a range of professional, specialist services to support you with emotional, mental health, disability and health related issues. All of the services are delivered by trained and experienced staff who take a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of their services ensuring that you get the best support possible.

Find out more about how we can support you:

Strong research culture

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017 showed high levels of satisfaction by our students with the support and supervision they received. 92% were satisfied that they were provided with appropriate research skills - essential for completing a high standard of work - which put Hertfordshire in the top quartile compared to the sector. Supervision was also ranked very highly, with 92% of respondents happy that their supervisors had the skills and subject knowledge to support them.

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