DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)



The PhD degree is the pre-eminent research degree offered by the University. It is a degree of distinction and status, equips the holder to work as an autonomous researcher and makes them eligible for appointment to academic positions within a University.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?


Any candidate who holds a Master’s level degree is potentially eligible to register for the PhD, irrespective of the field in which the Master’s degree is held. In medicine it is popular with both clinically trained and non-clinical, research-trained professionals. The degree is the same irrespective of background.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE PhD DEGREE


Though students are required to register for a minimum of two years, the typical time to complete the degree is four years. There is no coursework. The candidate is guided by a supervisor, will choose a research topic and then plan and implement a high-level research project. At the conclusion of the project, the work is written up either as a conventional thesis, or as a thesis in manuscript format, where a number of research papers covering the work performed are submitted for examination along with an introductory and concluding chapter describing the project as a whole. It is not necessary for the manuscripts to have been published, though having done so is highly recommended.

There is no formal coursework or examinations other than examination of the thesis.

THE DOCTORAL ACADEMY


The College of Health Sciences has established a Doctoral Academy which provides support to doctoral students, wherever they may be. This includes a series of regular weekly online seminars covering topics important to the successful completion of the PhD, a continually expanding website with resources for PhD students and access to experienced advisers.


APPLYING FOR PhD STUDIES


Please see the instructions here link to follow.


RULES GOVERNING THE PhD


These may be accessed from the College of Health Sciences Handbook.