Considering applying to Bath Spa University for admission to PhD or MPhil? Please contact an academic representative first – you'll be able to discuss your proposed project and potential supervision arrangements.

Before you apply

We require you to contact an appropriate academic to discuss your situation and research proposal before submitting a full application. A full list can be found in the drop down menus below, organised by school and field. The academic contacted must be named in the application form.

You'll also need to arrange for two academic references to be provided. Referees must be able to comment on your academic ability and suitability for your proposed research project. Please download the reference request form and send it to each of your referees; the form is to be used as a guideline to show areas we would expect to be included within a reference. Please ask your referees to send their references to you, for you to upload later with your application documents.

College of Liberal Arts

Writing and Performance

Higher Degrees Tutors

Dr Tracy Brain: 01225 875432,

Amanda Bayley:

Subject Level Tutors

  • Creative Writing: Dr Tracy Brain
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: Prof James Newman
  • Film Studies: Professor James Newman
  • English Literature: Dr Fiona Peters
  • History: Dr Sarah Hackett
  • Heritage: Alison Hems
  • Journalism: Professor James Newman
  • Music: Amanda Bayley
  • Religious Studies: Alison Hems
  • Philosophy and Ethics: Alison Hems
  • Web Application: Professor Hongji Yang
  • Data Collection/Analysis: Professor Hongji Yang
  • Creative Computing: Professor Hongji Yang

Culture and Environment

Higher Degrees Tutor

Alison Lee (

Bath Business School

Higher Degrees Tutor

Georgina Andrews (

Digital Academy

Higher Degrees Tutor

Benjamin Ramsey (

Bath School of Art and Design


Higher Degrees Tutor

Mr Robin Marriner: 01225 875594,


Higher Degrees Tutor

Mr Robin Marriner: 01225 875594,

Institute for Education

Higher Degrees Tutor

Dr Mary Stakelum: 01225 876144,

Subject Level Tutors

  • Philosophy of Education: Dr Howard Gibson/Dr Darren Garside
  • Science Education: Dr Kendra McMahon
  • Learning Technology: Dr Dana Ruggiero
  • Leadership and Management: Dr Nick Sorensen
  • Teacher Education: Professor Geoff Whitty
  • International Education: Graham Downes
  • Maths Education: Sarah Wilton-Read/Nick Petefield
  • Education and Policy: Professor Dr Kate Reynolds/Dr Richard Riddell
  • Inclusion and Vulnerable Learners: Dr Ghazala Bhatti
  • Early Years: Rebecca Digby/Martine Duggan


We have three start dates each academic year:

  • 1st October
  • 1st February
  • 1st May

Please submit your application at least six to eight weeks before your intended start date.

Along with the application, you must provide copies of your degree certificates and transcripts of your results. You may also be asked for a sample of your academic or creative work. International applicants should provide a copy of their passport and any visa already held.

To begin your application, please select an option from below:

If you have any questions regarding the applications process, please email

Please note that due to the numbers of applications we receive, only a minority of proposals will proceed to interview. We make a comparative judgement of applications based on our estimate of the ability of the respective School to provide a suitable supervisory team. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide feedback on decisions made.

Entry requirements

You’ll normally hold, as a minimum, a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or its equivalent. If you don’t have a relevant Master's degree, you’ll normally be required to undertake formal research training as part of your studies.

English language requirements

Registration period

Degree  Maximum time Minimum time
MPhil – Full-Time 36 months 18 months
MPhil - Part-Time 48 months 30 months
PhD - Full-Time 60 months 24 months
PhD - Part-Time 84 months 36 months
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