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PhDs are the most common research degree. Candidates for the qualification are required to submit a thesis or dissertation consisting of sufficient original material to be deemed publishable. This thesis is usually between 30,000 - 80,000 words. In most cases the candidate is required to defend their thesis before a panel of expert examiners appointed by the University. As well as research, the programme involves taught modules and personal development activities.

Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 7 years part-time (unless otherwise specified by a Research Council or other funding body)

  • Individuals from different backgrounds become experts in medical and health research
  • Applicants from non-clinical disciplines - biology, sociology, chemistry, history, statistics and many more
  • Clinicians from all specialties and professions
  • Supervision by experts from our five research divisions

You will register for an MPhil/PhD and then go through a formal upgrading process after about one year (18 months for part-time students). You will then be registered for a PhD.