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You can study for a research degree at both Doctoral and Masters level, either full or part-time. There are three admission dates - October, January and April. Find out more about our postgraduate research degrees and how to apply. 

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Rhiannon Chalmers Brown, KESS PhD SERC and Tata Steel

Dr Rhiannon Chalmers-Brown

As part of her KESS 2 PhD, Rhiannon helped Tata Steel reduce their carbon emissions.

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Matthew Hutt PhD by Portfolio

Dr Matt Hutt, Education PhD

Matt, a former deputy head teacher, completed his PhD by Portfolio while working full time as a lecturer. 

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Bianca Loda, Maths PhD

Dr Bianca Loda, Maths PhD

Bianca’s PhD was the first result of its kind for relational complexity and represented a significant development in this field of mathematics. 

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Adam Jones, smaller picture, PhD student, WORIC

Adam Jones, Electrical Engineering PhD

Engineer and former solider Adam Jones is completing an ESF-funded KES PhD in partnership with TATA Steel. 

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Dr Angelo Iannetelli graduated with first-class Honours from the BSc (Hons) Chemistry course at USW before progressing to a PhD. He is currently carrying out postdoctoral research with Professor Damian Bailey at USW.

Dr Angelo Iannetelli, Science PhD 

"The PhD has given me more opportunities and a greater confidence to take on new projects."

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Dr Wendy Booth is awarded PhD July 2020

Dr Wendy Booth, Education PhD

"USW was my first choice to complete a PhD. It was a great decision which has opened up so many doors for me and my research."

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Max Stone_PhD student, Sport Psychology

Dr Maxwell Stone, Psychology PhD

"I finished my PhD and immediately got a full-time lecturing post at Newcastle University."

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Dr Gareth Cuerden, PhD Police

Dr Gareth Cuerden

"The PhD has brought personal and professional benefits to my role as a police officer. I was excited to study at the renowned International Centre for Policing and with the prospect of publishing work."

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Dr Edward Oloidi, Care Sciences PhD

"My PhD enabled me to be part of a team that developed the new learning disability educational framework for healthcare staff in Wales."

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Dr Alfredo Cramerotti

Dr Alfredo Cramerotti, Design PhD

Author and editor Dr Alfredo Cramerotti, the Director of MOSTYN, Wales’ centre for visual arts, used his PhD to produce a set of cultural products, including two exhibitions and two books.

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Dr Sharon-Drew, PhD student and USW lecturer

Dr Sharon Drew, Education PhD by Portfolio

"I didn’t achieve academically at school, but as an adult learner, you’re able to explore things which interest and motivate you - this makes learning enjoyable.  I have been able to show that it’s never too late to learn."

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Charlotte Neath, Phd student, KESS 2

Charlotte Neath, Science PhD

PhD student Charlotte Neath is developing alternatives to antibiotics for use in the pig farming. By removing antibiotics from the meat supply chain, she hopes to reduce the global problem of antibiotic resistance.

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Beth Pickard_PhD by Portfolio student

Beth Pickard, PhD by Portfolio

"The PhD by Portfolio route is an exciting way to draw together the diverse elements of my practice and offers a way for me to study alongside a full-time teaching role."

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Charlie Andrews from Rugby in Warwickshire graduated with a MA by Research degree in December 2019

Charlie Andrews, Masters by Research

"My Masters by Research qualification helped me to become Head of Media after just one year of being qualified as a teacher."

Read Charlie's postgraduate research degree story

Jo-Swidenbank, PhD student, KESS

Joanne Swidenbank, PhD Genomics

"My PhD looks at the best way to teach genomics and genetics education to healthcare professionals in Wales. Patients and the public will benefit from this research."

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Dr Liam Harris, Maths PhD

Dr Liam Harris, Maths PhD

"Achieving my Maths PhD made such a difference to my life, personally and professionally. For my career, the PhD was vital and meant I could achieve my dream of becoming a mathematics researcher and academic."

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Jess Lewis, PhD English

Jess Lewis, English PhD

"I've always wanted to become a lecturer, so the English PhD was essential! It's opened the door to a world I'm so excited to explore."

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Dr Abdulkareen Karasuwa from Nigeria, PhD July 2019

Dr Abdulkareem Karasuwa, Electrical Engineering PhD

"I had the chance to be supervised by two of the leading figures in the field of mobile and satellite communication."

Read Abdulkareem's Electronics PhD story

Dr Kirsty Goggin, PhD and KESS student

Dr Kirstie Goggin, Science PhD

"As a result of my PhD experience at USW, I have secured a coveted postdoctoral research associate position. I couldn't be happier."

Read Kirstie's KESS PhD story 

Dale Frances Hay, Mphil in Writing graduate

Dale Frances Hay, MPhil in Writing 

"USW's MPhil in Writing was a chance to me to really work on my own writing with other writers; to take my hobby to another level.”

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Dr Kathy-Calzone, genetics, PhD by Portfolio

Dr Kathy Calzone, Genomics PhD by Portfolio 

"The PhD resulted in my promotion and the ability to secure funding for the first genetic nursing implementation study. Being based in Washington, DC, studying remotely was especially valuable." 

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Dr Jackie Knight, PhD by Portfolio 

"The PhD has provided professional standing and credibility. It has brought new professional opportunities including a recent promotion and business networks."

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Janet Davies. Masters by Research English

Janet Davies, Masters English by Research

"I enjoyed all aspects of the 'journey', from the numerous pathways of critical thinking which I encountered on the way, to the more focused and forensic work which was needed as the project progressed."

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Dr Prosper MBowe, Forensic Audit and Accounting PhD

Dr Prosper Mbowe, Accounting PhD

"Having both a masters degree and PhD in forensic accounting means I will be returning to my country with a unique and in-demand skill-set and knowledge."

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Ben Stacey

Benjamin Stacey, Physiology and Biochemistry PhD 

"My PhD into high altitude physiology has allowed me to conduct research experiments in Canada and Peru."

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Marie O Hanranhan PhD Psychology

Marie O'Hanrahan, Psychology PhD

Marie's ESF-funded KESS2 PhD seeks to establish factors which predict substance use relapse among adults involved in recovery support services. 

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Sharmila Mahesh Kumar, PhD Criminology

Sharmila Kumar, Criminology PhD 

"My Criminology PhD will help those affected by heroin use."

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Sport research - Hannan-Wixcey, PhD student

Hannah Wixcey, Sport PhD

"I am examining the relationship between retention and well-being in Further Education."

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