Exceptional PhD projects for outstanding people

The global challenges of the 21st century require research which spans traditional subject boundaries.

Nearly all our research is rated of international quality* and we are the fastest growing research university in the UK**.

We are helping to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come and have a direct impact on changing attitudes, government policy and everyone’s understanding of the world.

Exceptional research requires outstanding people. We’re looking for the next generation of PhD researchers to join our international research community, to help answer the questions of tomorrow, today.

Please click on the broad subject groupings below to find out if we have specific PhD projects available in your area of interest now. 

To view all the PhDs we offer at the University of Exeter, please see our research topics and degrees page.

"I recommend talented Chinese students to study at Exeter – it will cultivate your value, broaden your global vision and eventually enhance your core competitiveness. I have benefitted from the reputation of the Centre for Water Systems and the University, and I have secured an associate professor position at the Guangdong University of Technology, which has significantly accelerated my academic career.”

Qi Wang, PhD alumnus and recipient of a China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarship

*98 per cent of our research is 2*,3* and 4* based on the latest Research Assessment Exercise 2014
** based on research income between 07/08 to 16/17 (187% growth over period, £24.5m to £70.2m). Excludes R&D tax credits income.

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Why Exeter?

• A Russell Group university
• One of the most international universities in the world
• The fastest rising research university in the UK**
• Great facilities and support

What does it cost?

A full-time PhD in the UK normally lasts 3-4 years. Fees are charged by academic year. You can view the exact fees for your PhD of interest based on the subject area pages of our website. 


The projects listed here do not have funding attached, however there are funding schemes to which you may be eligible to apply.

In the first instance, we recommend you use our funding search to identify if a relevant University of Exeter scheme may be available. We also list a number of other funding sources.