Partnership PhDs

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. 


The specific cost of a Partnership PhD is 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‚Äôs diverse learning agenda.

Make an enquiry

Please contact for more details.

Other opportunities

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

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