Postgraduate study at Edge Hill University

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD usually takes around three years to complete but can take up to four (full-time).
The first four months after registration are spent in core training to help develop your research proposal and broader research skills before submitting for a project registration viva examination. There your proposal will be thoroughly assessed, including via an oral examination.
Eighteen months after starting, you will submit a report and draft chapter for progression viva at which your work to date will be assessed, this time involving an expert in the field from outside Edge Hill University.
After passing the progression viva, you will continue until you are ready to submit your thesis for final viva: around three years - and no later than four years - after your initial registration date. This viva will be assessed by an examination panel including a different external expert to the progression viva.

Entry requirements

All candidates must possess a good honours degree (upper 2nd class honours or higher) and, preferably, a masters level qualification. Additionally, candidates should have achieved at least Grade C in GCSE English or IELTS 7 (or equivalent).

Course modules

The programme of research will cover research design, research project management and research ethics, as well as more general conceptual, epistemological and methodological matters in relation to research. You will also address more specific conceptual, epistemological and methodological matters appropriate for your subject area.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 3 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time October 2018 4 4 Years

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