The two research degrees offered are the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). For course content, entry requirements, fees, funding and visa information please see our degree description and further information below.
Research can be full-time or part-time or a combination of both. Students can propose routes of study according to their interests, research topic and financial circumstances.
For research candidates, an oral examination is the culmination of the MPhil or PhD programme. A sound understanding of the research area as well as an original and well-written thesis are essential.
Candidates are required to spend a minimum period of advanced study and research of 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. The thesis should normally be 40,000 to 60,000 words and must be submitted within four years of registering.
New students without research experience are usually required to register for the MPhil first with the possibility of transfer to a PhD in the second year.
Candidates are required to spend a minimum period of advanced study and research of three years full-time or five years part-time. Current guidelines for PhD recommend that the thesis should be between 80,000-100,000 words. More information is available about studying for a PhD.