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
This degree is by research which requires 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.
MPhil and DPhil 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 DPhil 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 MPhil / DPhil programmes in the following Humanities areas:
- Art History
- English Literature
- Garden History
- Military History
Fees and funding
A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD. The loan is worth up to £25,000. More details can be found on the Gov.uk website: www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Sally Brown
- +44 (0)1280 820369
- +44 (0)1280 822245