Taught course

PhD by Published Work (Route 1) - Health, Psychology & Social Care

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care
PhD by taught

Entry requirements

You will normally have a UK Master’s level qualification (or international equivalent) and have published a small number of research papers to enrol in the doctoral programme. Applicants must submit their publications and a research proposal and, provided that appropriate supervision is available, candidates
will be invited to an interview. Candidates must be graduates (or equivalent) of at least 5 years with a Master’s degree, research training or equivalent experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This route is aimed at candidates who already have research experience, whether alone or done collaboratively, and have published a minimum of 3 academic publications, papers or journal articles.

These publications must be in the public domain and demonstrate a depth of scholarship and originality, and would normally have been peer reviewed. For this route, the University provides academic supervision and support as the candidate adds to their existing body of published work. To apply, students are requested to submit their existing publications and an outline of the proposed area of future research and publications. Candidates will be interviewed to discuss their plans, and a place will be offered subject to funding and the availability of appropriate supervision.

The same type of supervisory team will be provided, and the same support and review processes will operate as for the conventional PhD route.

The endpoint for this route is a thesis comprising approximately eight to twelve thematically linked publications, accompanied by critical commentary of 10-15,000 words. As with the conventional route, students defend their theses in a viva voce examination.

PhD completion on this route usually takes either two years full-time or four years part-time.

Qualification and course duration

PhD by taught

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

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