PhD - Faculty of Science & Technology

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

From Archaeology & Anthropology to Environmental & Biological Sciences, Technology, Security, Design & Engineering, or Psychology, research within the Faculty of Science & Technology is world-leading.

The faculty also hosts four interdisciplinary research centres and one research institute: Ageing and Dementia Research CentreInterdisciplinary Neuroscience Research Centre; Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainability and Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution.

Our close links to many local and national heritage sites and projects also make this an excellent place to undertake archaeological and anthropological research, and we support research in these fields that has an impact on modern forensic investigation. You could make a difference in the world of technology and have an impact on saving lives or rehabilitation, or work with our psychologists to improve every day life.

We work closely with colleagues from other faculties and specialisms across the university to deliver impactful and exciting research across a multitude of disciplines.

Book onto a Postgraduate Open Day to meet us and find out more.

Key information

Next start date:

April 2023, September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot and Lansdowne Campus


4 years full-time, 7 years part-time

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and/or a relevant Master's degree.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

To be awarded a PhD, you will need to complete a complex and advanced project. You will be expected to critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic, which results in an original and independent contribution to knowledge, as well as to demonstrate an understanding of research methods appropriate to your chosen field.

You will have to present and defend your thesis and/or practical element by viva voce (oral examination), to the satisfaction of the examiners.

Research study areas

We are involved in world-leading research projects and work to ensure that our research involves industry experts, practitioners and research users, so that we are responding and contributing to solving issues at the forefront of fields within science and technology. Our research transforms lives and influences policy and professional practice at a local, national and international level.

Key subject areas you can apply to study for your PhD with the Faculty of Science & Technology are listed in this section. 

The Faculty of Science & Technology world of research

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a PhD with the Faculty of Science & Technology by clicking on the green 'apply now' button at the top of this page and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full - including a personal statement and research proposal. You do not need to write a thesis as part of your application. 

You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green. 

Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

Find out more and apply

Fees and funding

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies.

The Doctoral College can provide advice on different opportunities to access funding. BU also offers a number of fee discounts


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