Research course

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Institution
University of Sunderland · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a research degree is a UK honours degree (first or upper second class) or a UK Masters degree or a qualification which is regarded as equivalent. We will consider candidates with other qualifications, looking at evidence of academic ability such as published work.

You will be asked to write a 2-3 page research proposal that specifies the:

  • Aims of your research
  • Rationale for the research question(s)
  • Proposed methodology and techniques for analysis
  • Provisional time plan for the research

Months of entry

October, May, February

Course content

Refine your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day. Develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. Discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.

A PhD is “probably the most internationally transferable qualification” according to the Higher Education Policy Institute.

You will critically investigate your chosen topic in great depth, with support, guidance and encouragement from our supervisory team. Crucially, your investigation should result in the creation and interpretation of knowledge which extends the forefront of your discipline. It should make an original contribution to knowledge.

Increasingly, a doctorate is an essential requirement for recruitment and promotion in university teaching roles. More broadly, a PhD is a life-changing programme that trains you to think at a deep level while you become an expert on a particular topic. It is quite possible that you will end up knowing more about that topic than almost anyone else in the country.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
£2,600 - £4,330 per year
International students
£7,680 - £12,250 per year

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
30-48 months
part time
42-72 months

MPhil

full time
18-36 months
part time
30-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Research Team
Email
GRS@sunderland.ac.uk
Phone
0191 515 3000