PhD Doctor of Philosophy

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UCAS Code:P060498
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 4.5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:October 2019, October 2020
Department:Graduate School
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Focus on a particular topic in-depth;
  • Receive substantial training in a range of research approaches and develop an appreciation of their theoretical and philosophical underpinnings;
  • Write a thesis that will demonstrate your understanding of how to develop a critical academic argument on your chosen topic.

This PhD provides you with the opportunity to interrogate a research topic of interest and develop your knowledge and research skills that can help you in a career in or beyond academia. You will receive training in the theoretical aspects of research, while the overall focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills to design, conduct, evaluate and disseminate your own individual research project. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the capacity for critical thought, project management, time management, presentation skills, and the ability to disseminate original research.

The PhD will suit candidates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. It is particularly suitable if you are aspiring to work in a research-based career or focus on a single topic of interest.

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  • Emily Williams

    PhD Doctor of Philosophy
    Right from the start of my PhD I have found everyone within the department to be incredibly accommodating and I could not have been made to feel more at home.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

Twelve compulsory research training sessions will cover aspects of research design, values in research, and research practicalities.

Alongside this, you will devise and complete a programme of related studies, tailored to your own learning and skills needs.

How will I study?

Research degrees are centred on independent study, allowing you a great deal of control over the pace and direction of your individual research project, with the expert guidance and support of your supervisor(s).

Research training takes place every Wednesday from October to December in the first year, and in the spring semester in subsequent years, and will equip you with the skills you will need to complete your PhD and prepare for a future research career.

How will I be assessed?

The first element of the PhD will be assessed through the production of a research proposal, a project management plan and a skills development portfolio. You will also undertake a viva voce examination.

Approximately halfway through your studies, your progress will be assessed through a second viva. Your final thesis will be assessed through a further viva.

Who will be teaching me?

Being a research degree, you will not be taught but your research project will be supervised by a team comprising experts from across the university who have international research profiles in their discipline.

The completion of your individual research project will be supported by regular supervision meetings with an expert in your chosen field of study.

A Great Study Environment

PhD ResearchDepartmental facilities are complemented by the University library which stocks around 200,000 items, including books, journals, e-resources and multimedia. In addition, you can access PCs, laptops, software and assistive technologies.

Extensive social learning areas and study spaces enable group discussion, quiet work and silent study. The specialist team staffing our Ask Desk are available to assist with any queries, with dedicated support available for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class honours degree (2:1 or above) and ideally also a Masters degree.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 7.0, with a score no lower than 6.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a research degree, but not for exemption from part of the degree. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The skills and experience acquired through a PhD will provide ideal preparation for pursuing a research-based career.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this PhD are £4,300 per annum for UK and EU students and £13,500 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this PhD are £2,150 per annum for UK and EU students and £6,785 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress with your studies.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


How to Apply

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International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

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