Postgraduate Research Students

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate research is different to taught postgraduate courses. You will be responsible for setting your own deadlines and funding may be a little harder to find. Below is some useful information to help make your PhD journey a little easier. 

For a lighter hearted read on what a PhD actually is, how long it should last, and tips on creating a research project and writing a thesis click here.

See the Research Degrees Handbook and/or the Research Degree Regulations for all the regulations regarding your PhD, including information about the CoR and Viva examination, and how to appeal a decision.


PhD Projects and Studentships

For a list of possible self-funded PhD projects click here.

For studentships visit the ARU Jobs page.


Training and Academic Support

Compulsory Training

As a PhD student you a required to attend several compulsory training sessions which will help you prepare for each stage of your research. These include: ‘Stage 1- Introduction’, ‘Stage 2A – Presentations’. ‘Stage 2B – Academic Writing’, ‘Stage 3 – Thesis Production and Examination Preparation’, ‘Ethics’, ‘IP in the Research Context’, and if you intend on teaching ‘Learning and Teaching in Practice’. You can find out more about these and book online.

Research Development Programme

In addition to the compulsory sessions offered by the ARU Doctoral School, you can register for other courses which can help you with things like using SPSS and NVivo, specific research methods, using RefWorks, and preparing for you upgrade. 

Epigeum Online Training

As an ARU student you have access to courses online, which can help you develop your skills. Courses can help you learn more about specific research methods, getting published, going to conferences, working with your supervisor, managing a research project, and much more.

Study Skills Plus

Study Skills Plus provides activities and resources to help improve academic skills at all levels, including researching, writing, statsitcs and referencing. They can off online study skills guides and tutorials, programmes of workshops and drop-ins, as well as one-to-one study coaching, which you can book online.



Studying for a PhD can be a lonely and stressful experience at times, if you are struggling it is important you reach out to someone who can help you. The Counselling and Wellbeing Service is available to postgraduate students and can offer you 1-to-1 support when you need it.

For more information if you are suffering from a mental health condition visit the university's Mental Health and Wellbeing page.

Annual Research Conference

Each year the Doctoral School hosts a research conference, where ARU PhD students and staff can present their work to each other. Presenting research at conferences is an important skill to develop as a PhD student. The event is always well attended and it’s a great opportunity to receive feedback and network with others.



As a postgraduate students you are responsible for funding your own university fees (unless you are in receipt of a scholarship), but there are places you can get financial help from.

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is the post popular funding resource in the world for postgraduate students studying at UK universities. As a student at Anglia Ruskin you can access the guide and resources for free here.

Charities, trusts and foundations

Some charities, trusts and foundations make awards to postgraduate students in need of financial help. You can find these in the library in publications such as The Educational Grants Directory, The Grants Register, The Directory of Grant Making Trusts, and The Charities Digest. You can also access the contact details of some funding trusts here.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

As a postgraduate student you are still entitled to Disabled Students’ Allowance. Visit the Disability page to find out more.