You should posses either an excellent undergraduate degree with evidence of research ability; or undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which are not necessarily in fields directly related to the intended area of research. Besides formal qualifications, a key factor determining whether the Department decides to accept a candidate is the quality of his or her research proposal and its relevance to our own interests. Successful completion of a research thesis demands a high level of self-discipline, motivation and commitment to the subject of research. Great importance is placed on work experience, when relevant. Please contact the Department for more details.
Months of entry
While the traditional PhD requires you to engage entirely in research training, this programme enables you to gain added value from taught, subject-based modules. These allow you to broaden and deepen your subject knowledge at the same time as undertaking your own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills in preparation for a variety of careers.
The PhD with Integrated Study has been developed to provide a new route to the internationally respected British PhD degree by incorporating subject knowledge, research training and the development of transferable skills.
While the traditional PhD programme requires students to engage entirely in research training, culminating in the production of a thesis, the PhD with Integrated Study enables you to gain added value from taught, subject-based modules.
The taught modules allow students to broaden, as well as deepen, their subject knowledge at the same time as undertaking their own research and developing a set of transferable professional skills in preparation for careers as professional educators and researchers, and for senior positions in public and private sector organisations.
The programme consists of taught modules and a thesis. Taught modules include core skills and subject specific modules, and the thesis is 80,000 words.
Research activity will begin in year one and will continue alongside taught modules in years two and possibly three. In year four, students will focus entirely on their research, culminating in the production of the thesis. Students will be expected to take assessed modules in basic and specialist research methods.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate enquiry service
- 0121 414 5005