University of Northampton Graduate School

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University of Northampton Graduate School

“In my role I visit universities all around the world and I have to say that the support and structures for research students and research supervisors at Northampton are some of the best I’ve seen.”

Hugh Kearns, international expert on researcher development, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Group student discussionThe Graduate School provides a University-wide framework for training, support, career preparation and administration to help you throughout your postgraduate research degree and early research career, to achieve your potential.

We also run a development programme for supervisors who are new to research degree supervision. It is a validated university postgraduate course and it is delivered as two modules, Workshops and Observation.

The Graduate School works with the Research Support team and the Research and Strategic Bidding Office to provide you with a unique support system. This includes the Research Support Hub blog, a central place for the latest research news, forthcoming events and research support and information.

Our doctoral study experience

Our postgraduate research experience is a little bit different to other universities. We know that you are competent students and independent learners, but we also know that it’s good to have people to help you when you need it. That’s why we provide you with support that’s tailored to your research area. We make sure that you have regular meetings with your supervisors and our Postgraduate Research Offices provide drop-in support from our dedicated research support team.

Skills development programme

Students in class

“I just wanted to thank you both for a really good workshop. Lots of knowledge consolidated, clarified and also new!”

Postgraduate Research Student on Using Social Media workshop.

Alongside project supervision and subject-related development, you will take part in an extensive Postgraduate Research Skills Development Programmethroughout your period of study. The programme is multi-stranded, providing the skills needed to complete a successful degree, as well as those needed to be a proficient researcher after degree study. It includes skills workshops and development activities, such as an annual conference, poster competition and Images of Research event.


“A really well planned and organised week; I really enjoyed it and I look forward to studying at this university”

New research student feedback from Induction week.

You will be given an excellent springboard from which to start your studies through our four day induction programme. This delivers hands-on skills workshops, orientation, an introduction to support systems and sessions where you can meet staff, plus an opportunity to present your research to other students.

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