Transform your business

A Partnership PhD bridges the gap between organisations and universities. It will enable your organisation to gain access to cutting-edge, real-world research that can help it to transform.

The partnership is there to establish a relationship between your organisation and UWE Bristol, based on a specific project that is mutually beneficial.

Two people studying in a lecture theatre.

How it works

  • The researcher, whilst registered as a PhD student at UWE Bristol, will work extensively with you, including time at your organisation if appropriate. They will have access to the University’s excellent research training and facilities.
  • Partnership PhD students can incorporate written research outputs into their final thesis – outputs useful for your organisation can be an integral part of the process.
  • You can supply supervisors who will also be able to access UWE Bristol’s training. 


Partnership PhDs typically cost £22,000-£25,000 per year based on a number of factors, including whether the researcher will be working in the University’s specialist facilities.

Your organisation is required to make a contribution to the costs, based on size and financial strength.

  • Charity/third sector: 25%
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)/government agency: 50%
  • Large organisation: 75%


The benefits to your organisation include:

  • access to cutting-edge research 
  • co-funding from UWE Bristol
  • access to innovation and a new focus
  • research tailored to suit your needs
  • PhD researcher working fully with your organisation
  • opportunity to choose research project
  • flexible funding contribution depending on financial strength
  • promotion of your company’s diverse learning agenda.

Make an enquiry

Please contact for more details or apply online

Funding is currently available for partnership PhDs starting in January 2022 and the application deadline is 1 July 2021.

Other opportunities

UWE Bristol also provides part-time PhD registration, a variety of Masters-level research qualifications and professional doctorate programmes.

Postgraduate research study