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Graduate School News

Welcome to the Graduate School news page. Here you will find all the latest updates and events for Post Graduate Research Students and their Supervisors.

PhD funding applications open

Funding for Research Degrees

The University of Portsmouth is welcoming applications for our fully funded faculty PhD bursaries, International bursaries and ESRC SCDTP studentships for Home/ EU students. Successful candidates will be offered a fully funded PhD bursary studentship to start in October 2018, on a full time basis for up to four years. 

To find out more about the ESRC SCDTP studentships, including costs covered and deadlines, please see here

To find out more about the Faculty PhD bursaries, including costs covered and deadlines, please see here

To find out more about the Global PhD Scholarships for International students, please see here

Please note a limited number of these highly competitive PhD studentships are available.


Thesis Boot Camp 2018 - join the ranks!


Are you a late-stage doctoral researcher, struggling to finish your thesis? Do you keep putting off your writing? If so, Thesis Boot Camp could be the solution!

Facilitated by Dr Catherine Pope (pictured) from the University of Sussex, this 3-day event taking place on the 25th, 26th and 27th of May 2018, provides an intensive and supportive writing environment to help you reach your goals. The programme includes short tutorials, group discussions, and 1-2-1 discussions with Catherine. And lots of food, too.

Although it might sound intimidating, you’ll experience a warm atmosphere at Thesis Boot Camp. You will also meet other researchers in a similar situation and discover many tips for overcoming common problems. We’ll create the conditions in which feel encouraged to completely immerse yourself in your writing. Some attendees write as much as 20,000 words, and everyone produces far more than they imagined possible. Catherine will help you develop an effective writing process for Thesis Boot Camp and beyond.

Catherine Pope is a freelance research and writing skills trainer. Since gaining her PhD from the University of Sussex in 2014, Catherine has worked with over 1,000 researchers across the South East. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries: writing about terrible Victorian novels and also publishing ebooks on how to use technology. You can find out more at

Applications will open early in the new year (2018). So what this space for more information!

PGR's take on the 3 minute thesis challenge


An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present - their time limit...3 minutes.

Over the past couple of years the University of Portsmouth have entered the UK Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. The first 3MT was held at University of Queensland in Australia in 2008 and, since then, the popularity of the competition has grown worldwide. Vitae coordinated the first 3MT in the UK in 2014 and our students have taken on the challenge.

Our faculties enter by holding their own heats before putting forward their winners to the Graduate School final. Last year’s winner was Liam Satchell (pictured, 3rd from the right) from the Department of Psychology who won a £250 Amazon voucher and was entered into the national Three Minute Thesis competition. The judging panel felt Liam’s style of presentation was enthusiastic, clear and punctuated, which left them wanting to know more about this fascinating research area. Liam's winning entry can be viewed here - 'Factors Affecting the Accurate Detection of Trait Aggression from Gait'.

Congratulations also go to our runner-up, Michael Tarr from the Faculty of Technology who won £100 Amazon voucher.

You can also view our 2015 winner Lee White's video here: 'Zirconia: An inter-planetary storyteller'. 

If you are interested in entering this year's competition, please speak to your FRDC about when your faculty competition will be taking place in 2017. The final will then take place in The Graduate School on the 26th of June, 2017.

Stay connected to your fellow PGR's - Join the Facebook community

To help you to  keep in touch with your fellow PGR's from across the university including those who you meet at induction events and in the GSDP workshops, we have set up a Facebook community for you. The Postgraduate Research Student Community is a university-wide online platform to enable all PGR's to stay connected, share ideas, news, research advice and issues. You can also use this platform to advertise your faculty events, advertise for research participants and find out more about what is going on across the university and at the Graduate School. We will also use the forum to help set up social events and additional workshops and lunchtime seminars so we encourage you to join the group to help provide ideas for extra training sessions you might need and to keep up to date with everything going on across the university.