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Research Degrees

As a postgraduate research student at Humanities you will benefit from a high class research environment and collaborative working across our varied academic fields. We offer a postgraduate research programme within each of our seven disciplines, alongside an integrated doctoral programme in Applied Linguistics and Film.

Our research degrees lead to a doctorate or PhD in a specialist subject of your choosing. You can undertake to study with us on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time doctoral study takes up to four years, and part-time up to seven years. Candidates begin their studies registered as an MPhil/PhD student and upgrade during year two (or four, if part-time) to PhD if they have met the requirements. Doctoral candidates will need to submit a final thesis of 75,000 words and undertake a viva voce (oral examination). Every PhD student is assigned a supervisor who will assist you in developing your personal knowledge of your chosen research area, helping you to reach the aim of doctoral study: an independent contribution to knowledge.

Our courses

The programmes below are part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. You can find all research postgraduate programme information in the linked list.

Every doctoral researcher is a member of Humanities' Graduate School which provides a community environment in which to undertake your research and a programme of training to support you through it.

Some of our recent successful doctoral theses include:


Research degree training programme

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