The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.
You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
Postgraduate research is pursued in its broadest social andintellectual context, and you develop your research project within an active andfriendly postgraduate community. Postgraduates are offered opportunities topresent work-in-progress at Departmental Research Seminars and at the SchoolPostgraduate Forum. As appropriate, staff and supervisors will also guidepostgraduate students in important areas beyond the thesis itself, such as thepreparation of external conference papers and research publications. Since weare particularly interested in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary work, itis possible to arrange joint supervision involving staff from other Departments,thereby giving you access to a broader knowledge base and maximising the qualityand originality of your work.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £3,950 full-time; £1,975 part-time
Overseas: £12,565 full-time
Learn more about fees and funding.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
This programme welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, but a good Honours degree is normally a requirement.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: