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Over the coming week, over 80 PhD researchers will graduate from Ulster University across three ceremonies in Belfast, Coleraine and Derry~Londonderry having completed research programmes and projects spanning over 20 subject areas.

Research undertaken for these PhDs is changing the world, impacting productivity and addressing some of the biggest challenges we face in society, including mental health, disease, conflict and sustainability.

These PhD graduates will take new knowledge and advanced research skills into society and the workplace, whether NGOs (non-profit organisations), government, and across many industries, in Northern Ireland, the wider-UK, RoI and further afield.

At Ulster, PhD researchers are encouraged and supported to develop a wide range of professional skills alongside their subject expertise of their high-level research skills, and to contribute to society and the economy through successful careers in wide-ranging roles and across job sectors.

Ulster University offers a rich, vibrant research environment for PhD researchers, providing top quality research supervision.

The launch of the Doctoral College in November 2017, now ensures all PhD researchers and early career researchers access outstanding resources, facilities, training and support. As part of its vision, the Doctoral College has established dedicated social spaces on each campus (known as Docs) thereby facilitating the multi- and interdisciplinary conversations essential to answer the most significant research questions. and equip PhD graduates with the collaborative research skills they will need for their careers.

PhD researchers are offered a wide range of postgraduate opportunities, across all disciplines, including fully funded scholarship options available for both home and international students.

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

Professor Marie Murphy, Dean of Postgraduate Research commented:

"In the Doctoral College we are very proud of the 80 PhD researchers graduating this week across all campuses, many of whom have secured jobs in their chosen field or are continuing their research journey with postdoctoral positions across the world.

The quality of research produced by our PhD graduates in collaboration with their supervisors is changing the world we live in and will power innovation, productivity and answer some of the biggest challenges we face in society.

The impact of their years of hard work will be felt across a wide range of industries locally, nationally and internationally, now and in the future.”

More information on postgraduate research at Ulster and PhD research can be found at