PhD study

What is a PhD?

The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research, supported by a team of supervisors, that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a thesis. The PhD programme also supports the development of research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher in any setting.

Attendance Mode Number of hours per week Maximum length of programme Start dates
Full time At least 35 hours a week Four years September
Part time
(Home students only)
At least 15 hours a week Eight years September
PhD by Published Work By arrangement with the supervisory team Two Years September
Distance learning:
at least 15 hours per week
at least 36 hours per week
Eight years
Four years
September and January

What should I do next?

Then, if you do decide to proceed, you will need to apply via UKPASS, the UK online applications system.

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Fees and funding

How much will it cost to study a research degree?

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Entry requirements

Find out if you can apply for a Research Degree at the University of Westminster.