Research Degrees

Strategic and applied research underpins Harper Adams' mission to provide higher education for a sustainable food chain and rural economy. Our research and reach-out strategies are focused to meet the challenge of rural sustainability.

Professor Peter Mills
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

  • Choice of two year (MPhil) or three year (PhD) research degrees
  • Excellent completion rates for higher degrees
  • Good job prospects for PhD candidates in industry, government organisations and academia
  • Accessible academic staff
  • Rural location and collegiate atmosphere
  • Unique facilities
  • Fortnightly research seminar programme

PhD and MPhil research at the University has been developed over the last 20 years to its current position of national and international recognition in a number of areas. There are strong links with agri-business which give postgraduates the chance to develop close contacts with industry and this has led to more than 90 per cent of our PhD graduates getting jobs in their areas of interest.

All MPhil/PhD research students have their own office space and a dedicated personal computer. You will be encouraged to participate in seminars and conferences appropriate to your research.

Personal Development Programme


A comprehensive reference guide about research degrees at Harper Adams

The University recognises that research encompasses more than simply academic skills and is increasingly dependent on communication and information technology skills. Training is provided by the supervisory team and by the University. For example, regular meetings with supervisors will establish time management and offer effective project planning, organisational strategies and team working.

An Personal Development Programme (PDP) is devised for each postgraduate research student by the Personal Development Planning Advisor (PDPA) soon after enrolment. A meeting between the PDPA and the student is used to create the PDP in conjunction with the Director of Studies. Progress with the PDP is reviewed annually.

Funding for Research Degrees

Opportunities exist for PhD and MPhil studies on full or part-time modes of study.

Applicants may be self-funded or we offer a number of studentships each year, and these are advertised on our e-Recruitment website Sign up to our Vacancy Alert service to receive an email notification direct to your inbox whenever a new studentship/vacancy is advertised.

Contact Us

For further information on postgraduate research degrees please contact:

 Vivien Slann

Vivien Slann
Research Students Administrator
Office: Main Building
Email: Click here to contact Vivien Slann
Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815328
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783