DO YOU PLAN TO RUN YOUR PHD PROGRAMME IN THE UK? HERE ARE IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW (EXCLUSIVE)

Ph.D. stands for Doctor of Philosophy. It is a terminal research degree - the highest of academic degrees conferred by a college or university. Many PhD students, especially those from developing countries of the world make the UK their first choice because the UK universities are topnotch in academic research and development. PhD programme in the UK is based around a substantial research project in any area of one's academic interest. The average length of a PhD thesis is typically up to 80,000 words. A finished PhD thesis is usually defended in an oral examination before a panel of experts in a student's area of interest. Duration for PhD in the UK is six years for part-time and three years for full time.

 

 PHD RESEARCH PROPOSAL

Every student applying for a PhD in the UK requires a research proposal. Your PhD research proposal should include date of enrolment in the programme and expected date of completion, content, background, objectives, scope, methodology and approach, facilities to be used, budget, deliverables, programme schedule and references. Note that before the programme can commence, your proposal must be accepted by a panel of experts. It's important to note also that every PhD research proposal must clearly address the research one wishes to undertake, how one will do it and why it is necessary.

 

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR A PHD PROGRAMME IN THE UK

There are conditions for admission into PhD programme in every UK University. For you to apply for a PhD programme in the UK, you must have concluded your undergraduate degree programme (with a minimum of second class honours, upper division, for some universities) as well as master's degree. Like every other academic research programme in the UK, another important requirement for a PhD is a proof of efficiency in the use of the English language. In other words, it is required that every PhD candidate, especially those who are not native to UK or within the EU to secure not less than 7.0 in their IELTS.

 

 PROCESS OF APPLICATION

There are important requirements for PhD application in the UK universities. Before one embarks on an application process for a PhD programme or any other serious academic research in any UK university, one is expected to prepare for the submission of the following documents:

> Academic Transcripts

> Research Proposal

> Personal Statement

> Academic References

 

 THE COST OF PHD IN THE UK

Undertaking a PhD programme in the UK is quite expensive. The reason for its prohibitive nature is not farfetched. A lot of research needs to be carried out and a lot of academic statements of problems that inform one's research need to be clarified and solutions preferred. To run a PhD programme in the UK, every international student needs to budget around £7,000 - £9,000 annually. However, PhD students who are native to the UK or who come from within the EU can spend lesser amount annually. By and large, the programme is highly costly.

As a result of its expensive nature, the programme is usually run on scholarships, grants or bursaries. Talking about scholarships for PhD in the UK, SI-UK can help international students who are interested in studying in the UK secure scholarship, funding and bursaries. Over 100 special scholarships can be found, using their application services. SI-UK is reliable for scholarship and funding research for PhD programme in the UK. The good news is that their close relationship with UK universities means all deserving applicants can find the right scholarship to benefit their future and career.

 

 TYPES OF RESEARCH DEGREE

 Professional Doctorate and Ph.D.

It can be said that both professional doctorate and Ph.D. share a lot in common. However, it's important to note that there are equally areas of divergence between them. Whereas professional doctorates are intended to improve and advance professional knowledge and practice, PhD improves academic ability. Professional doctorates are carried out by students who studied courses like Law, Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, etc, in their first and second degrees. Running a professional doctorate helps a candidate to deepen his/her knowledge in his/her chosen career. Professional doctorate is quite expensive, and requires an applicant to be ready financially before embarking on an application process for the programme.

 

 MASTER OF RESEARCH (MRes)

This research programme is usually carried out within the areas of social sciences and humanities. The programme is sometimes considered a 'testing' programme because it's aimed at finding out students' commitments to research - sometimes, it also serves as requirement before one is admitted for a full PhD programme in some universities in the UK. The dissertation of the programme should not be less than 50,000 words in length.

 

 MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPhil)

Master of Philosophy is generally thesis-only. Duration for the programme is one year for full time and two years for part-time. Sometimes, students choose to study an MPhil when their proposed research project has insufficient scope for a full PhD programme. At other times, an MPhil may be required of a student, which will be run within the period of 12 - 18 months, after which such student is transferred for a full PhD programme. The dissertation of a Master of Philosophy shouldn't be less than 50,000 words in length.

 

 The Following Are Some of the Available Areas for PhD in the UK

> Agriculture & Forestry

> Applied Sciences and Professions

> Arts, Design and Architecture

> Business and Management

> Computer Science and IT

> Education and Training

> Engineering and Technology

> Environmental Studies and Earth Sciences

> Hospitality, Leisure and Sports

> Humanities

> Journalism and Media

> Medicine and Health

> Natural Resources and Mathematics

> Social Sciences

> Business Administration, etc

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