Doctor of Philosophy PhD

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Part time Students - Closing date for applications is 21st January 2019

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Full Time Students: Closing date for International students is 3rd Dec 2018. Closing date for Home students is 21st Jan 2019)

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Refine your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day. Develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. Discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.

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Overview

A PhD is “probably the most internationally transferable qualification” according to the Higher Education Policy Institute.

You will critically investigate your chosen 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. 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.

Read more about research degrees in this Information Booklet (.pdf)

Why us?

  • A PhD is highly advisable if you are considering a career as an academic
  • We're ranked 2nd in the UK for students’ overall satisfaction with their research degree programme according to the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2018
  • You have the option to study this programme at our Sunderland campus or possibly via distance learning

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a research degree is a UK honours degree (first or upper second class) or a UK Masters degree or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent. We will consider candidates with other qualifications, looking at evidence of academic ability such as published work.

If English is not your first language, you will need a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking (or equivalent).

Research proposal

You will be asked to write a 2-3 page research proposal that specifies the:

  • Aims of your research
  • Rationale for the research question(s)
  • Proposed methodology and techniques for analysis
  • Provisional time plan for the research

Fees and finance

We charge annual fees while you are studying and researching for your degree. These costs vary depending on whether you are a candidate from the UK/EU or from a country outside the EU.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Fees for UK/EU candidates

  • On-campus full-time: £4,464 per year
  • On-campus part-time: £2,681 per year
  • Distance learning full-time: £2,681 per year
  • Distance learning part-time: £2,681 per year

Fees for international candidates

  • On-campus full-time: £12,630 per year
  • Distance learning full-time: £7,918 per year
  • Distance learning part-time: £7,918 per year

International scholarship

All full-time self-funding international candidates at postgraduate level are awarded a £1,500 scholarship per year of study. You do not have to apply for this scholarship; it is automatically applied to reduce the annual fees specified above.

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