PhD by Prior Publication

Apply for a PhD by Prior Publication at the University of Surrey.


The PhD by Prior Publication provides a fast-track route to the PhD for people who have built up a portfolio of publications through their professional practice and who are already experienced in undertaking and delivering research projects.

This PhD option is particularly well suited to professionals who have been developing a research career and whose research skills and academic expertise are already at doctoral level. It gives you the opportunity to obtain academic recognition for your work and to benefit from the vibrant, multi-disciplinary research community at Surrey whilst you prepare your thesis with us.


The PhD by Prior Publication option is available across all subject areas offered by the University. You can find out more about research themes, potential supervisors of your thesis, and facilities by looking on our research programmes list.

Research support

As a PhD candidate at the University, you will have access to the professional development programme provided by the Doctoral College. You will be able to access training in essential skills through our programme of workshops, mentoring and coaching. A dedicated postgraduate Careers and Employability team will also help you with preparing the next steps in your career after the completion of your PhD.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD by Prior Publication will be either members of staff of the University of Surrey or employed by organisations with an established teaching and/or research collaboration with the University of Surrey.

Applicants must already have had publications accepted or published in reputable outlets before applying for the programme. There is no minimum requirement for the number of publications required but the quantity should be commensurate with the expectations in the discipline. 

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent). View the exemptions to this requirement.

How to apply

We recommend having an initial conversation with a potential supervisor to discuss your PhD plans before submitting an application. You can browse our academic departments to find the contact details of academics in your area of interest.

For any questions relating to your application, contact

When you are ready to submit a formal application, you can do so using our online application form.


University staffFree
External candidates £2,250

Additional costs

There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey.


Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.