Why NTU?

We are engaged in influential research across a wide range of subject areas and positioned at the leading edge in fields of enquiry which:

  • meet the needs of society
  • enrich society and quality of life, and
  • make a positive economic impact.

We lead the world in a number of specialist fields, and have invested widely in facilities and resources to support the innovative work of our research staff and students.

As a research student at NTU you will join a growing research community with opportunities to share insight and experience with other researchers.

Support and supervision

You will be supported by a dedicated supervision team with specialist knowledge in your field of activity. You will also have access to:


We have invested heavily in our facilities, with over £200 million spent across our campuses since 2004. This has led to a major rise in the quality of our research equipment and workspaces.

Our library resources include:

  • extensive audio-visual collections
  • hundreds of databases
  • over 10,000 electronic journals
  • over 500,000 books.

As a research student, you will have the same borrowing rights and access to services as lecturers. You will also be eligible for the SCONUL scheme, offering borrowing access to nearly 170 higher education libraries in the UK.

Personal development

We will encourage you to develop personally and professionally during your time as a research student with us. Our current students are involved in conferences and seminars across the University.

You will have access to courses and training programmes, which will enhance your skills in research methods and methodology. You will also gain transferable skills such as events organisation, presentation skills, media training and getting published.


Our research degrees provide the basis for professional employment in a range of occupations. Statistics indicate that up to 50% of our recent research degree graduates progress to working as lecturers or researchers within the university sector, or are otherwise involved in teaching. Others move into employment in a range of industries, including manufacturing, public administration and other business sectors. Our Professional Doctorate students are normally in employment prior to starting the course and frequently report promotion as a result of completing the programme.

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ARES student using microscope
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