PhD Research Degrees

It is possible to study for a research degree, full-time, part-time and even by distance learning. This flexibility of mode of study means that if you have made the commitment to higher level scholarship we are able to create a programme of study that fits with your lifestyle and needs.

Part-time study for example is ideal for if you are in employment and wish to continue and enhance your professional practice or move into new areas of work without the need for regular attendance on campus. Similarly, distance learning can fit in with your life and work patterns and also means that it is possible to continue academic study with us wherever you are in the world providing you have internet access.

Full-Time Study

Full-time research students will often choose to undertake their programme of research on campus using the facilities of the research centre. Full-time students usually spend at least 37 hours per week engaged on their research. Students enrolled for 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.

Part-Time Study

Part-time study for a research degree is suitable for those who wish to undertake a research degree over a longer time period, often whilst in employment or in other cases where full-time study is impracticable. Part-time students may use the facilities of the university but will also often work from home. 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.

Distance Learning

Studying for a research degree by distance learning mode is possible, under carefully controlled circumstances, for candidates who normally reside outside the UK but wish to undertake a research degree with the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. When studying in distance learning mode, the student will be expected to have some level of face-to-face contact each academic year often through spending time in the research centre for a period in the summer months or other mutually suitable time. It may also be necessary that an appropriately qualified local supervisor can be identified who can advise and guide the student in their home country. In all other aspects, study in distance learning mode is similar to part-time study.

NB

The indicated completion times for MPhil and PhD are for guidance only. There is no minimum registration period that must elapse before the thesis can be submitted for examination. The rate of progress made with the research is primarily controlled by the amount of time the candidate can commit.