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Research Degrees

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Doctorates

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research. It is assessed via a final thesis (of up to 100,000 words) and a viva voce (an oral examination). The standard period of study for a full-time PhD is three years, and for part-time five years.

You will be required to submit a thesis consisting of evidence of originality and independent critical ability, which is considered suitable for publication. You will also be required to defend your thesis before a panel of expert examiners appointed by the University. 

Masters

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research. It is assessed via a final thesis (of up to 60,000 words) and a viva voce (an oral examination). The standard period of study for a full-time PhD is two years and for part-time four years.

You will be required to submit a thesis consisting of evidence of an independent contribution to knowledge and scholarship, and sufficient material which is considered suitable for publication. You will also be required to defend your thesis before a panel of expert examiners appointed by the University.

Master by Research (MAR)

If you're intending to pursue a career that requires an understanding of research, then this could be the degree for you. It gives you the opportunity to experience research within one year full time, (or two years part time) and to present a thesis, so it is the perfect spring board for a PhD programme. 

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  1. Applying for Study
  2. Research Degrees
  3. Application Process
  4. Research Proposals
  5. International Applicants