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 and management

We have expertise in four key areas:

  • Strategy – design; organisation behaviour; entrepreneurship; family business; governance and ethics; area studies including cross-culture heritage management; information systems technology and knowledge management

  • Marketing – consumer behaviour; branding; digital marketing; marketing strategy

  • Finance and banking – European banking; business economics; Islamic finance 

  • Transnational studies – diversity management; remittances; human mobility; border management; labour markets; identities and migration studies; transnational marketing and consumers; diaspora marketing; cross-cultural management.

Humanities and social sciences

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

  • International relations and international politics – Middle-Eastern studies; security studies; complexity studies and 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 and contemporary art with particular reference to issues of memory, and word-image works

  • English literature ­ – Victorian literary culture

  • Media, cinema and performance 

  • Psychotherapy and psychology – Regent’s has a long-standing PhD and professional doctorate (DPsych) programme in Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology as well as a burgeoning psychology programme and a range of postgraduate diplomas and qualifications in psychotherapy, mediation and counselling.

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


Regent's University London is pleased to offer up to six scholarships for PhD candidates in a range of subjects from Business, Management, Psychology, Psychotherapy and Social Sciences. Find out more about scholarships.

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

Part time: £10,000

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 (or international equivalent) 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
Research news & events