Further information

Further information


You can study within the Graduate School for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

  • A PhD represents a substantial and original contribution to knowledge
  • An MPhil is more limited in its aims. It is possible to undertake a practice-based PhD where creative work of some kind, for example a book, or film is submitted along with an extensive written theorisation of the practice.


A full-time PhD would normally take three or four years and a part-time PhD six or seven years.

A full-time MPhil would normally take two years and a part-time MPhil three years.

You may register on a full-time or a part-time basis. As a full-time student, you normally devote an average of at least 35 hours per week to the research. As a part-time student this becomes around 12 hours per week on average.

The normal minimum and maximum periods of registration are as follows

  Minimum Maximum
Full-time 18 months 24 months
Part-time 30 months 36 months
  Minimum Maximum
Full-time 24 months 48 months
Part-time 36 months 84 months

Where there is evidence that the research is proceeding exceptionally well, the Research Degrees Committee may approve a shorter minimum period of registration.

Entry qualifications

We normally expect a minimum of an upper second or better honours degree. It is an advantage to have completed an MA or MSc and may be essential if you are looking for funding from the University or outside agencies. However, we also recognise that substantial professional experience in one of our research areas might also be suitable preparation.

Overseas students

Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability, to the following (or equivalent) minimum level of proficiency

  • an IELTS score of 7.0, with 7.0 in all components

If necessary, an offer of a place to read for a research degree may be made subject to a period of pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes to ensure performance on the research degree programme.

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