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Post Graduate Research Degrees

Postgraduate research degrees available

The School offers two types of postgraduate research degrees:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Both of these awards are based on submission of a research thesis which is examined by experts in the field and includes an oral exam or viva voce.

Who can apply?

Applicants must hold or have qualified for a degree (as approved by the Academic Council) or a qualification which is approved by the Academic Council as being a suitable alternative to a primary degree. Relevant publications or achievements by the candidate may also be considered as additional evidence of suitability for admission. More specifically we normally require applicants to have:

  • the normal minimum requirement for admission is upper second class honours bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • suitable referees’ reports;
  • evidence of proficiency in English (from candidates who are not native English speakers) with a minimum score of 6.5 in the IELTS or equivalent. If the candidate is seeking to undertake research involving high levels of interpersonal communication, a higher score may be required.

How to apply?

All candidates wishing to apply for postgraduate research must complete the University’s postgraduate online application form . You will see as part of that process you are required to submit an abstract that is, a summary of your proposed research study. We can help you compile your abstract and ensure that it is consistent with the research themes of the School. Please contact Professor Sam Porter (s.porter@qub.ac.uk) in advance of submitting your application and abstract on how to get help.

In normal circumstances we encourage prospective students to apply as early as possible in the year they wish to commence their studies. Most induction courses are set up to run at the beginning of the academic year (September). However it is possible to apply at other times of the year. Please contact Professor Sam Porter ( s.porter@qub.ac.uk ) for more advice.