English Doctorate Education

What is a PhD?

A PhD is the highest-ranking research program you can achieve at a UK university. Education often revolves around a serious research project of 100,000 words. This project is written as a thesis and then needs to be defended orally in front of an expert jury. Few doctoral programs include a taught module and accordingly the student is expected to take more responsibility for their own work and program.


Doctorate Entry Requirements

UK Universities can accept anyone to the PhD program. The student to be admitted is expected to have completed his undergraduate education with a minimum average of 2.7/4.0 (upper second-class honors), and also to have obtained a master’s degree. Proof of English language skills will be required and an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is generally required.


PhD Thesis Proposal

All students are required to submit a thesis proposal when applying for doctoral education. The proposal should clearly state the research you want to do, how you will do it, and why it is important. The proposal must be accepted by a jury before the program begins.


Other Doctorate Types

-MPhil (Master of Philosophy)

If you want to pursue a PhD, you may need to study an MPhil first and move on to a PhD program after 12-18 months. The MPhil is also a qualification in its own right and is usually thesis work only, with options for one year full time and two years part time. The thesis must present the results of educational work and research and must be a maximum of 60,000 words.

If the proposed research is not of sufficient scope for a full doctoral study, students choose to study MPhil.


-MRes (Master of Research)

An MRes is an advanced graduate research degree in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Some doctoral programs require an MRes qualification before starting, and the student is required to write a 40,000-word dissertation.

MRes would be a good trial to see if you enjoy conducting your research before fully embarking on and investing in a PhD.


-Professional Doctorate Education

Professional doctoral training is similar to a PhD, but aims to improve professional practice rather than improving academic ability. The most common professional doctoral studies include law, education, business, engineering and medicine.


How can I apply for a PhD?

Once you’ve decided on a thesis topic and figured out how to fund your research, there are many documents required when making your application. These may include:

academic transcripts

academic references

Letter of Intent

Thesis proposal (sample)

Students will also need to designate an advisor to oversee their doctoral studies.


UK Universities

University City Description

University of Bradford Bradford A social university with dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs

University of Brighton Brighton An international university, among the top 250 universities in the world

Cardiff University Cardiff is one of the UK’s oldest and top 10 universities

University of Greenwich Greenwich, one of the most preferred universities in England, green campus award

University of Liverpool Liverpool An excellent British university in the UNESCO cultural capital of Liverpool

Heriot Watt University Edinburgh is one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom in the capital of Scotland.

University of Sussex Brighton One of the best research universities in the world and the UK

King’s Colleges Oxford, London, Bournemouth One of the best schools in England where you can get undergraduate and pre-master foundation education

London Metropolitan University London was founded in 1848 and is the largest university in London.

Oxford Brookes University is one of Oxford’s best universities, famous for its Oxford Business department.

University of South Wales Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd one of the largest universities in England with 5 different campuses

University of Kent Canterbury The university, which is famous in the field of computers, is located in Canterbury, one of the cultural cities of England.

Kaplan International Colleges London offers premium foundation programs before applying to the Top 20 UK universities

Bellerbys College Brighton, Cambridge, London, Oxford offers intensive foundation training for Engineering, Medical or social sciences

University of Law London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bloomsbury One of the best options to study Law in the UK

Birkbeck University of London University of London Founded in 1823 with over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs

Brunel University London is one of the UK’s most prestigious universities, ranked among the top 50 universities

Durham University Durham was founded in 1832 and is the 78th best university in the world.

Kingston University London London is the most applied university of any university in London with 25,000 students

Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester in Educational Sciences