3 July 2023
2 October 2023
15 January 2024
15 April 2024
The maximum duration for a PhD is 3 years (36 months) full-time or 6 years (72 months) part-time with an optional submission pending (writing-up) period of 12 months.
Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.
If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.
For July 2023
24 April 2023 for Home, International and Scholarship students. The July 2023 intake is for full-time PhD students only
For October 2023
09 June 2023 for International and Scholarship students
30 June 2023 for Home students
For January 2024
20 October 2023 for International and Scholarship students
17 November 2023 for Home students
For April 2024
26 January 2024 for International and Scholarship students
23 February 2024 for Home students
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About the research degree
A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.
Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.
Our research degrees are available as full-time, part-time and some are offered distance learning.
You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).
This programme of research culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.
You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising of up to three members to advise and support you on your project.
The normal level of attainment required for consideration for entry is:
- a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, normally with a classification of merit or distinction, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
- an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
- appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.