About the Doctoral College

World-Class Research Environment

The Doctoral College aims to

Attract the highest calibre PhD researchers, ensure that you receive consistently excellent research training, disseminate your research findings in appropriate outlets, graduate within appropriate timescales and gain postgraduate level employment which utilises your research skills, subject expertise or both.

The Doc @ Ulster University

To facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and to help you engage with other researchers, the Doctoral College has established dedicated social spaces for your use on each campus:


Campus Location
Belfast Room BA-04-03
Jordanstown Commercial Block
Coleraine Room E008
Magee Room MC026


A rich, vibrant research environment

The Ulster University Doctoral College is a rich, vibrant research environment with outstanding resources, facilities, training and support for PhD researchers and early career researchers.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate opportunities, across all disciplines, including fully funded scholarship options available for both home and international students.

Our PhD researchers benefit from a bespoke Researcher Development Programme designed to support the development of both research capacity and professional transferable skills.

The Doctoral College support students through:

  • Consistently excellent support from supervisors with relevant expertise
  • Provision of a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme, consisting of workshops, online training and other development opportunities.
  • Bespoke PhD researcher hubs providing social and meeting space on each campus
  • The establishment of the PhD Annual Conference, Doctoral Forum and other initiatives designed to encourage an interdisciplinary approach
  • Rich and inclusive research culture and environment

Ulster’s Achievements

Ulster University’s international reputation for research excellence has received worldwide recognition

Top 10 University

For Built Environment, Biomedical Sciences, Art & Design and Nursing Research.

Research power: REF 2014

Top 5 University

For world-leading research in Law, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Art & Design.

Research outputs: REF 2014

Top 10 University

For an internationally excellent, world-leading research environment in Nursing & Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Architecture and the Built Environment, Law, Art & Design.

Research environment: REF 2014

Top 10 UK University

For it's number of interactions with SMEs.

HEBCI 2014/15

Top 23% of UK Universities

For the total income generated from its interactions with business and the community.

HEBCI 2014/15

Hear what others have to say…

The PhD training programme and regular supervision contacts have provided the direction and support necessary to ensure that I deliver a quality thesis in a timely manner. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working at Ulster University and feel it has put me in a better position to sustain a full time career as an artist and academic in the years to come.

Jacqueline Wylie, PhD at the school of Art, Design & the Built Environment

Throughout my PhD I’ve been provided with continuous support and guidance by my supervisors and the staff at the University. I’ve also received many opportunities to further enhance my professional development in the form of teaching experience and presenting my work at conferences which will aid in my pursuit of a career in academia or industry.

William Crowe, PhD student in the School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster

Looking back over the course of my career, I can categorically state that my PhD from Ulster has opened many doors in terms of career/professional development and commercial success through winning consulting commissions. The skills I gained were specific (in my subject area), but often when I reflect, it is the general skills that have added most value to my career over time – for example, the ability to see the bigger economic picture, the ability to analyse and summarise complex sets of data, the ability to write reports and present in a succinct manner and the ability to influence stakeholders in projects. For these reasons I highly recommend a PhD as a foundation for career success.

PhD Graduate, Dr Connel Bottom MRICS FRSA, Partner, Bernard Williams Associates

I found the Ulster University Research PhD program perfect. The support and guidance from my faculty advisors were terrific, and I was able to plumb my topic to a rich level of analysis under their tutelage. Moreover, I’ve been pleased to see the dissertation topic, “24-hour cities and commercial real estate investment performance,” picked up as a fresh area of follow-on research in academic journals and in the industry at large.”

PhD Graduate: Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE, Clinical Professor of Real Estate
Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York University and 2014 Chair, The Counsellors of Real Estate

For me, completing a PhD at Ulster University was transformative. A PhD trains you to think differently. It acted as a springboard to my career path, greatly developing both my analytical and personal skills. The quality and dedication of my supervision remains unrivalled. My experience opened the door to amazing opportunities.

PhD Graduate: Dr Brenna O’Roarty, Founder, Executive Director, RHL Strategic Solutions

“I can honestly say that doing a PhD at Ulster University has been a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable learning experience. I’ve learned so much about myself whilst developing my skills as a researcher and it’s opened up so many other additional opportunities and new networks. As a practitioner for many years it’s refreshing to have an opportunity to get involved in a piece of work which offers the potential to make a contribution to both theory and practice. It’s a lot of hard work but so worth the rewards. I’d recommend it to anyone prepared to commit to it.”

Bernadette Best

Ulster University Doctoral College - Social