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PhD opportunities

We have a thriving PhD programme with over 80 students, all supported by a supervisory team of active researchers in the student’s subject area. We have students studying for PhDs in areas such as applied science, theology, sport, health, arts and humanities, social sciences, business and education.

In addition, a number of our students are working in important cross-disciplinary fields such as the relationship between theology and public policy and the provision of health services in prisons. St Mary’s also has a professional doctorate programme in education.

Current opportunities

Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science, St Mary’s University and Southampton Football Club

Application deadline: 1st October 2018

Applications are invited for a full-time three-year PhD studentship, in the impact of cryotherapy exposures applied across the training cycle of professional soccer players, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London and Southampton Football Club (February 2019 registration).

This exciting PhD opportunity will explore the application of cryotherapy on aspects of recovery in the setting of a premiership football season.
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Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies

Application deadline: 31st October 2018

The Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, is pleased to offer a fully funded, full-time three year PhD studentship commencing in February 2019 to support the successful applicant’s research in the field of bioethics. The Centre is based in the newly established Institute of Theology which is situated on the University’s beautiful main campus in Twickenham only 35 mins from central London by train.      

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Facilities and development

All students have dedicated study facilities. A Researcher Development Programme is provided for all students and, in the second year, there is a Career Development Programme which also provides students with the opportunity to engage with our experts in residence.

The development programmes are compulsory for full-time students. Part-time students have their needs assessed by their supervisors, but are free to attend all sessions.

All students, on the recommendation of their academic faculty/institute, will have the opportunity to train for and apply to be an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Your academic and other needs are overseen by Professor Philip Booth, Director of Research and Public Engagement and Claire Tapia, Head of the Research Office.

Requirements and application

Information about  entry requirements and  how to apply is available within this section. If at any time in your application process you have any queries, please contact