Doctoral research degrees

A research degree is a unique opportunity to develop new skills, develop problem-solving abilities and make a valuable contribution to new knowledge.

Completing a research degree develops specialist knowledge in your field and professional skills for a range of business settings. Whether you're interested in a career in academia or in the private or government spheres, you will be equipped with valuable skills that will make you competitive, no matter your chosen career path.

With three constituent departments, International Development (IDD), Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), the School of Government and Society has expertise to supervise PhD projects in a variety of fields, including resource management, corruption, development planning, governance and public policy, public and performance management, overview and scrutiny of local authorities, public service reform, community engagement and participation, political economy, political theory, British politics, international relations, international security, global governance and area studies. Information about the research interests of specific staff can be found here by clicking on each department’s Research Degree/PhD pages. In addition to the departments, the School also hosts several key institutes and centres renowned for their excellence in research and scholarship, these include the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), the Institute for German Studies (IGS) and the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES).

Research degrees PhD/MPhil:

Doctorate (PhD): The period of registration is 36 months (72 months part-time). The maximum length of the thesis is 80,000 words.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil): Participants register for advanced study over 24 months (48 months part-time) and submit a thesis within 6 months (12 months part-time) of the end of the registration period. The maximum length is 60,000 words. Participants register for advanced study over 24 months (48 months part-time) and submit a thesis within 6 months (12 months part-time) of the end of the registration period. The maximum length is 60,000 words.

PhD with Integrated Study

This enables students to take additional taught modules. It is particularly suited to candidates who have already completed taught programmes at Masters level, but who wish to change direction and / or undertake research in an area in which they do not have sufficient prior knowledge. The programme lasts for four years and requires a thesis of 80,000 words.

While the traditional PhD programme requires students to engage entirely in research training, culminating in the production of a thesis, the PhD with Integrated Study enables students to gain added value from taught, subject-based modules.

PhD by Distance Learning

Our distance learning MPhil and PhD degrees offer the opportunity to pursue original research under the guidance of an academic supervisor in a more convenient manner for those unable to live and work on campus on a regular basis.  Applications to study for research degrees on a part-time basis are welcomed.

Fees and funding

Doctoral Research Scholarships and funding

For entry in September, fees are:

Research degrees:

Research degree fees 2018-19
Fee band Full time Part time
Home/EU students £4,270* £2,135
Overseas students (Band D) £15,720 -
*Research fees also apply to combined research and taught programmes unless otherwise indicated.

PHD with Integrated study:

International Development:

IDD PhD with Integrated Study 2017-18
Fee band Full time
Home/EU students £4,270
Overseas students (Band D) £15,720

Institute of Local Government Studies:

INLOGOV PhD with Integrated Study 2017-18
Fee band Full time
Home/EU students £7,020
Overseas students (Band D) £15,210

PhD by Distance Learning

PhD by distance learning 2018-19
Fee band Full time Part time
Home/EU students £4,270 £2,135
Overseas students (Band D) £15,720 £7,860

Note: For the most up-to-date information on fees, please contact the Department directly.

Further information

Tricia Thomas - Doctoral Research Student Administraton
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3497, Email: p.a.carr@bham.ac.uk

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