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PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Focus on a research area in depth, receive substantial training in a range of research approaches and write a thesis that will demonstrate your understanding of how to develop a critical academic argument.

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      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 4.5 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: October 2022, February 2023, October 2023, February 2024
      Subjects: Research
      Location: Edge Hill University

      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. The overall focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills to design, conduct, evaluate, disseminate and defend your own individual research. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the capacity for critical thought.

      The PhD will suit candidates from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. It is particularly suitable if you aspire to a research-based career.

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        Leona Forde

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        My supervisory team have been brilliant. We have regular meetings to discuss the progress being made with my research and what next steps to take.
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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      Compulsory research training sessions will cover aspects of research design, research data management and research project management. These sessions will enable you to identify, evaluate and construct arguments, design research questions, and make an original contribution to knowledge. Ethics, values and equality in research will also be considered.

      Alongside this, you will devise and complete a programme of related studies, tailored to your own learning and skills needs, with the additional option of attending further training sessions focusing on methodological considerations in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

      How will I study?

      The production of a research thesis through independent study will be underpinned by a research training and development programme.

      How will I be assessed?

      The first element of the PhD (research project registration) 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 (project registration viva).

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

      Who will be teaching me?

      Being a research degree, you will not be taught through lectures, as the various training sessions are discussion-based, however your research project will be supported by supervisors within 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 experts in your chosen field of study.


      As a postgraduate research student, you will be registered in the University’s Graduate School and be based in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for your project.

      Departmental 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

      You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) and ideally also a Masters degree. No specific subjects are required.

      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, at the point of application.

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

      Further information about how international postgraduate research applicants can meet our English Language requirements is available on the International Students website.

      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 £4,700 a year for UK students and £14,000 a year for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this PhD are £2,820 a year for UK students and £8,500 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      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 students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2022.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Scheduled maintenance is due to take place on our online application system on Saturday 21 May 2022. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

      The deadline for applications for October 2022 entry is Monday 20 June 2022.

      The deadline for applications for February 2023 entry is Thursday 20 October 2022.

      As part of your application you will need to submit a research proposal that should not exceed 2,000 words. You will also need to submit an academic CV, a scan of your passport, budget sheet and a scan of your degree certificates/transcripts with your application.

      Detailed guidance on writing your research proposal and additional application support is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applygraduateschool.

      You should instruct your referees to send your references to [email protected]  at the point of application using a professional email address or company headed paper.

      International applicants will also need to provide evidence of meeting the English Language requirements as part of their application.

      Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

      Get in Touch

      If you have any general questions about the PhD or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      If you would like to talk to someone about your proposed research project in more detail, please contact the relevant department or faculty:

      International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      7th July 2021 - Change of Tuition Fees

      The part-time tuition fee rate for UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22 has been reduced to £2,610 per annum.

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