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UK PhD Degrees


UK doctoral degrees (PhD) confer considerable prestige and UK universities are world-renowned for their quality research and for their research degrees. The application process can be lengthy and complex though. Funding issues, accommodation and entry requirements complicate matters further and the stakes are high. Let us help you to get it right the first time.

Exactly what is a PhD?

The PhD is a research programme extending over three or more years, culminating in a dissertation or thesis of (usually) 70,000–100,000 words. The thesis must present original findings that are, in principle, publishable. In some subjects such as art, the thesis may be replaced by an original major work and in the social sciences, several published articles may be accepted in place of a single thesis.

What's an MPhil and what does it have to do with a PhD?

Most universities require you to register first for an MPhil before transferring to the PhD at the end of the first year.

What's a Split PhD?

Split PhDs let you split your research time between the UK and your home country. You'll usually spend a minimum of one year in the UK and complete your research in your own country, communicating regularly with your supervisor in the UK. The split PhD can dramatically reduce the impact of a PhD on other things that are happening in your life, letting you get back home to continue the individual portion of your studies where you live and work.

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