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Research Degrees

A doctorate is the highest academic degree granted by universities and is based upon unique research projects in the chosen field. Many universities require that as well as bringing new knowledge to the area of study, doctoral research must be of sufficient value to be publishable as a useful resource for other researchers and specialists.

Studying for your doctorate in the UK provides you with access to some of the most respected academics in the world as well as the finest resources provided by British universities. A doctorate brings you enormous respect in itself, but a UK doctorate serves to increase the prestige of your qualification.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD /DPhil) is the most popular doctorate, granted as a summation of deep scientific research. Currently British universities offer more than 200 professional doctoral programmes.

Doctoral programmes in the UK are characterised by broad diversity and can be acquired by:

  • Traditional research programmes (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD/ DPhil)
  • Programmes that combine research work with studies in the UK and practicum (New Route PhD)
  • Professionally oriented programmes (Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Doctor of Engineering (Deng), Doctor of Education (DEd), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), Doctor of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.), etc.
  • PhD can be awarded as a result of an outstanding practical activity (PhD by Practice)
  • PhD can be awarded as a result of an outstanding publication (PhD by Publication)

Doctoral programmes can differ significantly depending on the university and chosen field of study. The apprenticeship of a doctoral degree is at least 3 years. In most cases the minimum requirements for PhD are an undergraduate degree (upper second-class honours or more) or a postgraduate master's degree.

If you would like to study for a doctoral degree in the UK our advisors at the London Education Centre can provide you with all the information you need and help you find the right university. We will assist with all necessary paperwork and support you at every stage of your journey to study in the UK.

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