PhD (Philosophy Doctor) Programmes

A PhD is a research-base degree programme and considered the highest academic award in UK higher education. It involves a writing up of around a 100.000-word thesis/project and culminates by an examination before a panel of internal and external examiners expert in the field in which the candidate is given the opportunity to defend his/her work and findings. PhD candidates are required to present a PhD proposal which adhere to well defined structure, research and technical requirements. A research proposal sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address. It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic. It should also demonstrate the originality of your proposed research.

As a guide, research proposals should be around 2,000-3,000 words (about 8 pages)and contain:

A title – this is just tentative and can be revised over the course of your research

An abstract – a concise statement of your intended research

Context – a brief overview of the general area of study within which your proposed research falls, summarising the current state of knowledge and recent debates on the topic

Research questions – central aims and questions that will guide your research

Research methods – outline of how you are going to conduct your research, for example, visiting particular libraries or archives, field work or interviews

Research significance – demonstrate the originality of your intended research

A bibliography-a preliminary reading list of the main reference to be explored.

If/when a proposal is accepted, the candidate will be assigned a supervising and advisory team to help them carry their research/project. Typically, a PhD candidate will sit an examination -end-of-year presentation- following a completion of a set section of the project.

To be accepted on a PhD programme, the candidate is required to show evidence of a successful completion of a Bachelor degree with at least an upper second-class score (talk to us about what this means in your country), as well as a completed Masters’ degree.

Some candidate might be considered for a PhD programme based on their professional experience but this will depend on decision made by research board of the university applied to.