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A PhD – also known as a doctorate – is more demanding than a master’s by research (MRes), but otherwise the demands are the same. You’ll create a lengthy, in-depth, unique, and important piece of research that draws upon all your abilities in setting objectives, fact finding, analysis and interpretation. The end result will be a thesis of around 100,000 words, worthy of inclusion in a learned journal.
Intellectual credibility at a high level and the potential to have a research-based career.
A good undergraduate degree in a relevant area. A good master’s degree is often a requirement too.
Full-time courses usually last three years. A part-time PhD lasts six years.
Universities have a variety of start dates for PhDs, e.g. October, January and May. Other start dates may be possible and you should discuss this with your potential supervisor.
Assessment is by academic judgment of your research and by an oral exam.
Study this type of course if… you enjoy independent study.