Applicants are normally expected to have a first or second class, upper division degree or significant experience. A Master’s degree is preferred.
Months of entry
January, September, July, April
These are degrees by research which require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.
- PhD – 3 academic years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study.
Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place – normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration.
Students undertake supervised but independent research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. A PhD thesis must embody an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach.
In addition to Economics, International Studies and Security and Intelligence Studies, the University offers PhD programmes in the following Humanities areas:
- Art History
- English Literature
- Garden History
- Military History
Information for international students
Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.
Fees and funding
A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. Find out more >>
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Sally Brown
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- +44 (0)1280 820151