• Yes, you can. There is no eligibility criterion against having a PhD already. However, it would be expected that the subject of the PhD would not be in an area that overlaps with the scientific remit of this PhD programme.

  • We do not accept self-funded students or partially self-funded students. This includes the difference between Home and International fees. We also do not accept students with external third party funding except university scholarships.

About the programme

  • Students will be expected to meet programme progression requirements, which will include the development of a PhD research proposal for Years 2-4 and a first year progress report. Students will also be required to meet the progression requirements of their home university to continue to the PhD research project.

  • During their first year each student will be invited to a review meeting to discuss their progress. In addition, each student will be asked to provide a research project report at the end of the foundation year and to create and regularly update their ORCID profile. Doctoral students must also conform to their home university’s assessment and engagement requirements.

  • We cannot accept applicants who are looking for a part-time PhD or those who are aiming to study whilst continuing to be employed elsewhere.

  • The foundational year of study will involve a combination of different types of training with a significant proportion led at our partner organisations around the UK and including residential events of up to one weeks’ duration.

    Travel and accommodation expenses for attending training events will be provided, as will help finding suitable accommodation. Reasonable adjustments will be made for any applicants who require them.

  • We will:

    • Seek to understand the challenges and barriers to equality in order to eliminate discrimination, creating an environment where differences are valued.
    • Welcome applications from returning students and those in employment who wish to re-enter academic research.
    • Promote a culture of inclusion, recognising and celebrating difference and acknowledging the benefits achieved by diversity of thought and experience.
    • Create a safe, non-judgemental space where we can discuss any issues that arise relating to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and support one another to understand and acknowledge a range of perspectives.
    • Embed equality, diversity and inclusion across all levels of the programme and in everything that we do.
    • Educate our community and raise awareness in all areas relating to equality, diversity and inclusion ensuring our commitment to EDI is understood by all.

Application Guidance

  • There are up to 5 studentships available for October 2024 entry.

    You may express a preference for multiple universities. However, you may not be offered one of your preferred choices. We would encourage applicants to consider being open in their selection of universities and willing to work at multiple partners across the network. If successful your offer will be tied to a specific university and degree programme.

  • As all students will be enrolled on a local PhD programme the choice of university will affect what you study. Some universities have also indicated a specialism within their subject areas. Students with a particular interest are encouraged to apply to a university that specialises in that subject.

  • We encourage applicants to let us know any important information regarding your university selection, e.g. caring responsibilities, personal circumstances or disabilities or additional needs that require a certain location. There is a space on the application form to provide this information regarding your selection of university. This information will be reviewed by the recruitment team but not used to assess your application.

  • Yes, you will be asked to make a university application after you have received an offer from HDR UK. Instructions and guidance for doing so will be provided as part of your offer.

  • Students may not be offered their first choice of preference. All offers will be tied to a specific partner university.

  • HDR UK is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly. We encourage applicants to let us know about any reasonable adjustments they may require. You may already know what you would like to request, or you may like to have a general discussion of your options.

    We will treat any information you disclose to us as sensitive and will handle it in line with the Data Protection Act. Information will only be used to arrange reasonable adjustments and will not be used to assess your application.

    To discuss an adjustment to the application process, please contact our team directly at phd@hdruk.ac.uk or call (+44 (0)770 847 8846).

  • No. Candidates will be allocated a supervisor who will act as a personal tutor for their first year. This supervisor will support your training and development and help you to decide what you would like to select for your research project. The research supervisory team in Years 2-4 will be determined during the course of Year 1 as part of your research project developments.

    Whilst an applicant should have an idea of what they are interested in working on for their PhD, this does not have to be finalised during the application stage. We are looking for applicants who can enter the programme with an open mind.

  • Yes, you will need to supply the details of two referees as part of the assessment process. Your referees should be people who know you in a professional context, e.g. a supervisor, personal tutor, employer, or volunteer manager, and institutional email addresses will need to be provided.

  • HDR UK will cover the cost of your travel expenses (up to a maximum amount, which you will be informed about if invited to interview). You (the student) will need to cover the cost of any visa requirements. We are also able to offer the option of remote interviews to applicants.