Woman in laboratory

Our Postgraduate Study - Taught Degrees site has details about all our research specialisms by subject area and a full index of our research degrees.

Students in the laboratory

Keep checking our vacancies pages for new posts.

Peter Chalk Lecture theatre

Our Researcher Development Programme offers an extensive choice of training and development events exclusively designed for our PhD students.


Research is the lifeblood of the University, driven by our talented and dynamic academic staff and a lively postgraduate community. You can find out more about our research on our inspiring research pages and on College websites. For a details of our specialist areas of research see our research topics directory.

To find out what job opportunities are available please see our current job vacancies.

Find out what it is like to work at the University of Exeter on our pages for prospective staff.

For details of currently available PhD studentships please see our PhD funding database.

Research staff

Staff can take advantage of a number of training and development opportunities including courses and events offering a broad range of personal skills and management development as well as research and teaching related courses.

Our staff in academic roles website gives information about the different academic job roles, professional development and career paths including:

Research Services offer support when applying for research grants.

Early career research staff are also able to access the training and activities provided by the Researcher Development Team.

Postgraduate research degrees

The University offers three types of postgraduate research degrees across a range of subject areas, in addition to more specific research degrees such as the MD (Doctor of Medicine) and EdD in Education, these are:

  • Masters by Research (MA or MSc);
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil);
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

For an index of our extensive postgraduate research opportunities visit our research topics and degrees page on our Postgraduate Research site.

Postgraduate funding opportunities

Our partnerships with Universities such as Bristol, Bath and Edinburgh as part of AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and ESRC funded Doctoral Training Centres, place us at the forefront of world class research in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences.

Studentships are usually available during the winter and spring months, visit our funding database to identify current awards available. Further potential funding sources are outlined on our Funding for PhD students pages. Once you have secured funding visit our postgraduate research admissions page to find out how to apply.

Research students

Increasingly students are taking research degrees to combine their wish to pursue further research in a subject area with the high-level professional skills developed through undertaking research at this level.

A broad ranging Researcher Development Programme is available as part of a research degree in addition to the training you receive through working with a project supervisor. 

Career development

For general advice on developing your career as a researcher during and after postgraduate study, see our Career Zone website.