A PhD is “probably the most internationally transferable qualification” according to the Higher Education Policy Institute. The programme is based around your personal interests and research passions rather than any pre-set curriculum. It’s an opportunity to develop your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day.
Once you have negotiated the topic with your supervisor, you will develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. You will also critically investigate your topic in great depth, with support, guidance and encouragement from our supervisory team.
Crucially, your investigation should result in the creation and interpretation of knowledge which extends the forefront of your discipline. It should make an original contribution to knowledge.
Increasingly, a doctorate is an essential requirement for recruitment and promotion in university teaching roles. A PhD is highly advisable if you are considering a career as an academic.
More broadly, a PhD is a life-changing programme that trains you to think at a deep level while you become an expert on a particular topic. It is quite possible that you will end up knowing more about that topic than almost anyone else in the country – and will discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.
You have the option to study this programme at our Sunderland campus or via distance learning.