Master/Doctor of Philosophy (MPhil/PhD)

Consolidate your years of learning and experience by undertaking a research degree at Regent’s.



Our MPhil and PhD degrees are validated by the University of Northampton. Our expertise stretches across a wide range of subjects in our two faculties of Business & Management and Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, and the Regent’s Institute of Languages & Culture.

Individual staff members are actively engaged in their chosen areas of interest, publish widely and attend conferences all over the world. We publish an Annual Research Report. Profiles of our research degree staff can be seen here.  

Business & Management

We have expertise in four key areas:


  • Economic development and sustainability
  • Organisation behaviour
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family business
  • Service management


  • Consumer behaviour
  • Branding
  • Digital marketing
  • Marketing strategy
  • Marketing Communications

Finance and banking

  • European and central banking
  • Economic development and finance
  • Public management
  • Islamic banking and finance
  • Trading (Finance, Energy and Commodities)

Transnational Studies

  • Remittances and development
  • Migration studies
  • Labour markets studies
  • Transnational consumers and diaspora marketing
  • Diversity and Cross-cultural management

Humanities and social sciences

We have the expertise to supervise PhDs in the following areas:

International Relations and politics

  • Middle-Eastern studies
  • Security studies
  • Complexity studies
  • Migration studies

Medieval and Modern history

  • Medieval landscape history
  • Early 20th century literary and political culture in Britain
  • Catholicism in 20th century Britain
  • Protestantism in China
  • 20th century contemporary art with particular reference to issues of memory
  • Word-image works

English Literature

  • Victorian literary culture

Media, cinema and performance

See academic staff profiles.


  • Language Teacher Education TESOL/TEFL.


  • Smell, taste and flavour
  • The psychology of branding and marketing
  • Forensic psychology
  • Human sexuality
  • The psychology of humour
  • Evolutionary psychology and mate-poaching
  • Social cognition
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Social media use

Counselling Psychology

While we primarily encourage our doctoral trainees to develop their own research interests, our team have particular supervision expertise in:

  • Technologies and innovation in clinical and academic practice
  • Social justice, participatory action and sexual/gender diversity
  • The interface between research and therapeutic practice 
  • The existential, relational self in context


  • The therapeutic relationship and process, competencies and treatments for therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Integration and relational research
  • Sexuality, sex, sexual attraction, gender and therapeutic management.
  • Sexual bullying and harassment in schools and universities and therapy interventions to work with bullied individuals.
  • Therapeutic approach and interventions with victims of stalking.
  • An Exploration of Female-to-Female Child Sexual Abuse
  • Working with drug addiction – A Phenomenological exploration
  • The Shifting Sound of Silence: A Grounded Theory Study
  • The Lived Experience of Migrant Women Who Have Suffered Domestic Violence
  • The Lived Experience of Intimacy in the Lives of Gay Men
  • A Qualitative Study of Psychoanalytic and Phenomenological Psychotherapists’ Perception, Understanding and Interpretation of What They Deem Therapeutic in Their Clinical Work
  • Working therapeutically with Paraphilias

Research centres

The learning and teaching environment for potential PhD degrees is underpinned by the six inter-disciplinary research centres based in the University. PhD students will be encouraged to get involved with the activities of the centres and to attend the relevant seminars. To learn more about the research centres at Regent's please see here.

Learning resources

A research degree requires a considerable investment of self-directed study and time from the prospective student. At Regent’s we offer extensive support, training and added value to help you achieve your goal. For more information on the learning resources available please see here

Key information


Master / Doctor of Philosophy (MPhil/PhD)


University of Northampton

Length and mode of study

Full time: 2-4 years

Part time: 2-6 years 

Start dates



Annual tuition fees  

Home and EU student



International student 



Full time: £5,200

Part time: £3,400


Full time: £15,000


Deposits (non-refundable deposit towards tuition fees)

Home/EU advance deposit

Non-EU advance deposit




How to Apply

Please note that we are only able to sponsor full-time students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.

To apply for a PhD/doctoral programme, you will generally need to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above in an appropriate subject. A higher degree such as a master’s may be required.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS at 7.0 and no component less than 6.5 (or equivalent).

If you would like to undertake a PhD, please approach us in the first instance by sending us an email to Please state your area of study and the proposed direction of your research. Please also state whether you have a specific supervisor in mind. Your enquiry will be forwarded to the relevant research head, who will contact you for further discussion.

The next stage will be to submit a formal written application. Please complete the application form and submit to

Please include the following supporting documents with your application form:

  • Copies of your university level academic transcripts and certificates

  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study

  • A 1000 word research proposal (please read the guidance on how to write your proposal)

  • Two references (these should be on the official forms included within the application form)

  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page

  • Copies of any previous visas you have used to study in the UK

Your application will be considered jointly by Regent’s and the University of Northampton. We aim to process all applications within six weeks of the point of submission. Candidates will be required to attend an interview prior to an offer being made, either on campus or via Skype.

Application deadlines

Please note the following deadlines for both intakes:

  • March intake - 1 November 

  • October intake - 1 July 

Also in this section

Research centres
Research and special interest groups
Publications and journals