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Take your academic career to the highest level. Make a very significant and sustained contribution to your subject. Gain an elite qualification that will mark you out as an outstanding contributor to your field.

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A Higher Doctorate is awarded for published work of the highest quality. We ask candidates to submit a collection of their published work and a commentary that demonstrates its impact on the subject. Your application should be supported by a professor from the University of Sunderland.

There is a high level of scrutiny for all applications. The Higher Doctorate Panel includes the University’s Vice–Chancellor, and the examiners will be leading authorities in your field of study.

The University of Sunderland awards four Higher Doctorates:

Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
Doctor of Science (DSc)
Doctor of Technology (DTech)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Higher Doctorates are rarely awarded and they are elite qualifications that will mark you out as an outstanding contributor to your field.

Why us?

  • You have the option to study this programme at our Sunderland campus or via distance learning
  • We're ranked 2nd in the UK for students’ overall satisfaction with their research degree programme according to the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2018
  • Higher Doctorates are awarded for research outputs of exceptional distinction

Entry requirements

Applicants will typically be full-time members of the research staff of the University, or Visiting Professors, with at least three years of service.

Applicants can also be people from outside the University who are leading authorities in their field. In this case, you should have a sponsor who is a professor on the full-time teaching staff of the University of Sunderland. You should have completed a Masters degree at least four years ago, or an honours degree at least seven years ago.

We ask applicants to write a statement of no more than 1,000 words that outlines the significance of your contribution to knowledge and the impact within your chosen area.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

2019/20 fees

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £3,980 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £4,320 if you are from outside the UK or 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.

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