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PhD applications are different to other university courses. In this section you can find out how to apply for and fund a PhD.

What is a PhD?

A PhD refers to a Doctor of Philosophy degree. It is a postgraduate research degree awarded by universities in the United Kingdom. It is recognised as a mark of advanced knowledge in a particular subject.

Most PhD's take three to four years of full-time study. This can vary depending on the field of research and the individual's progress. During a PhD students will conduct original research. This is under the guidance of a supervisor or a team of academic advisers.

PhD students will normally write a thesis or dissertation based on their research findings. They must defend their research in front of an examination committee (this oral test is called a viva). The thesis is assessed, and if it meets the required academic standards, the candidate is awarded a PhD degree.

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