Study for PhD

SURFACE supports postgraduate researchers worldwide in achieving higher qualifications and realising their professional ambitions; driving forward inclusive design through leading-edge thinking. We currently offer three levels of doctoral study on a full- or part-time basis; providing training on the practical aspects of exploratory work, overall supervision and personal tutelage on specific lines of enquiry.

NEW OPPORTUNITY - Under the University of Salford's Pathway to Excellence scheme, we are currently offering a funded PhD studentship in Ageing Society & Dementia. As the studentship will be based in the School of the Built Environment, you should have a background (professional and / or academic) in design (e.g. built environment, architecture) or health sciences (e.g. occupational therapy). A minimum undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification is required. Closing date for applications is 31st March 2014.  

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is an excellent opportunity to develop advanced research and thesis writing skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of a particular subject. Completing a PhD with SURFACE typically takes around three years for full-time researchers and up to five years for those studying part-time, with the opportunity to liaise with our support team either online or on campus. There are four start dates per year and we are currently considering PhD applications starting April 2014, so please do contact us if you would like to further your knowledge of a particular aspect of inclusive design through independent research. Read what our current students say about a PhD with SURFACE or browse a list of current and awarded students and their theses.

Professional Doctorate

A Professional Doctorate is a flexible research path for professionals wishing to achieve academic recognition of their specialism and further the development of theory and practice in their field. The first part of the programme is comprised of taught modules for which coursework is submitted and assessed before independent research begins on a particular area of expertise. There are four start dates per year and we are currently considering Professional Doctorate applications starting April 2014, so please do contact us if you would like to enhance your professional knowledge through a combination of learning and research. Note that students may leave the programme after the ‘taught’ element, graduating with a Masters-level qualification.

Postdoctoral Research

Postdoctoral Research is available to holders of PhDs or Professional Doctorates who wish to pursue their specialist academic interests and further develop their research skills. There are four start dates per year and we are currently considering Postdoctoral Research applications starting April 2014, so please do contact us if you would like to join our inclusive design research team on a postdoctoral basis. Read a personal testimony from a current Postdoctoral Research student.

Please contact us if you have any queries about doctoral study.