A PhD is the most internationally-recognised research qualification.
Studying for a PhD allows you to become an expert in your chosen specialist area, and gain high-quality research training that will equip you to undertake subsequent research projects. You will also become a key member of the School's academic research community.
Throughout your doctoral studies, you will carry out original research under the guidance of two supervisors and will produce an original thesis of approximately 100,000 words.
For the first twelve months, or eighteen months if part-time, you will be enrolled as a provisional PhD candidate. In this period, you develop a detailed research proposal and write a literature review. This work is then submitted to a panel of examiners who assess it and provide you with feedback and advice on the progress of your research.
This procedure is called 'upgrading' and is an important means of monitoring the progress of your work, assessing, amongst other matters, whether your proposal has enough weight to be accurately explored through a PhD research path.
After successfully upgrading, you will enrol as a full PhD candidate, complete your research and write a thesis of approximately 100,000 words.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded on the basis of this thesis, and your viva voce, where you present and discuss the rationale, methods and findings of your original study with an examining panel.