Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

The goal of the PhD programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers.

The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supported by a supervisor that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a publishable dissertation. 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. The essential requirement of a PhD is the creation of new knowledge. Being a researcher means developing new ideas and improving understanding through the creation of new knowledge. Your research will inevitably build to some degree on the work and ideas of others, but as a research student you are expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in your discipline.

Each PhD student must take a number of online modules and also complete a dissertation. Students must defend their dissertation in a “viva voce” (oral) examination. 

*Indicative common modules for all PhD specialisations

Course Title Credits
Quantitative Research Methods 30
Qualitative Research Methods 30
Current Issues in Research 30
Leadership 30
Dissertation (Part 1) 15
Dissertation (Part 2) 15
Dissertation (Part 3) 15
Dissertation (Part 4) 15


Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
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