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To be considered, you will need to demonstrate:

  • appropriate academic qualifications (usually a first degree and a postgraduate degree with a substantial research component in disciplines relevant to the proposed area of research)
  • evidence of the ability to undertake the proposed research
  • an awareness of additional research training needs
  • a realistic understanding of the depth and breadth of MPhil and PhD research
  • motivation to bring the proposed project to successful completion in the required time (PhD: four years maximum full-time; seven years maximum part-time). In the case of part-time students, we will also need evidence that you can devote sufficient time to study and that these circumstances are not likely to change significantly for the period of the MPhil/PhD
  • ability and agreement to attend taught courses, research student seminars and other forms of research training deemed necessary by the School

Please note: In order to be admitted directly onto our doctoral programme, you should normally have successfully completed an ESRC-approved training programme at a university, in an appropriate field of study.

Students without a relevant Master's qualification are not admitted directly to the PhD programme. In the case of a student who has successfully completed a relevant Master's programme that is not part of an ESRC-recognised research training programme, the School MPhil/PhD Committee considers, on the basis of submitted course details and references, whether the student's training needs would be better met by taking a further Master's degree (typically our MRes degree) or by taking a more limited programme of formal study in the first year of the doctorate.

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