PhD Research Degrees

Q. What are the fees for research degrees?

A. Fees are charged annually and set on an annual basis for the academic year.

The fees depend on a range of factors such as whether you are a full time or part time student, whether you are a UK resident or classed as an overseas student or whether you are a distance learning student.

Fees for the coming academic year can be found on our Media and Cultural Studies MPhil/PhD course pages.

Q. How long does a research degree take to complete?

A. This of course depends on your status as full-time or part-time and whether you are studying for an MPhil or PhD. Any timescale that we suggest can only be regarded as an indication as the length of time that it takes really depends on the amount of time and commitment that a student can put into their study. It is generally true that longer periods of consecutive time spend on research usually enable work to be completed sooner. As a general rule, MPhil by full-time study would normally be expected to complete their research and submit their thesis for examination within 24-30 months and students enrolled for PhD by full-time study would normally be expected to complete their research and submit their thesis for examination within 36-42 months.

Students enrolled for MPhil by part-time study would normally be expected to complete their research and submit their thesis for examination within 36-48 months and students enrolled for PhD by part-time study would normally be expected to complete their research and submit their thesis for examination within 48-72 months of full-time study.

Q. Do you offer scholarships?

A. We do sometimes offer scholarships. When that is the case we advertise widely and recruit students through a competitive interview and application process. As scholarships are scarce and the demand for them high, competition is usually very fierce. Students who are looking for funded research degree positions are advised to regularly read the advertisements posted on www.jobs.ac.uk and the MECCSA discussion board.

Q. Do I have to write a dissertation?

A. The nature of your research project will be agreed by your supervisory team on the basis of your application but in all cases the production of a sustained piece of academic writing is a requirement of research degrees. In some cases (practice based research for example) a shorter dissertation may be appropriate as substantial practical work will be presented to supplement your writing.

Q. Must my thesis be in English?

A. Yes, research degrees are awarded by Birmingham City University for work written in English.