Working with a supervisor

Find out what to expect from your PhD supervisors, and how to get the most out of your work with them.

PhD research is always conducted under supervision. Once you have been accepted as a PhD candidate, you will have two academic supervisors.

Finding a supervisor

If you know someone you would like to work with, you may approach them directly to discuss your research project. School websites provide information about staff research interests, and postgraduate coordinators will also be able to help you.

Finding a supervisor before you apply is not always necessary. The final allocation of supervisors is done by the School, according to research interests and available resourcing.

You will work closely with your academic supervisors throughout your studies. They will be your guides, critics and mentors. Read more on supervision in our guide for current candidates.