Our programmes normally start in September, although we can offer flexibility in the case of PhD programmes.
Taught MSc programmes last for 12 months full time, 24 months part time. They provide students with the opportunity to study their area of academic interest to an advanced level, and will involve completing coursework - usually essays in six courses - and a dissertation of 12,000-14,000 words.
All taught programmes have a dedicated Programme Director, who is normally responsible for the day-to-day care of students on their programme. The Graduate Officer for each of the three subject areas will monitor the programmes in their area and offer additional support and pastoral care to students.
All candidates on research programmes will be appointed with two supervisors to offer guidance and support throughout the period of study. All candidates wishing to embark on research degrees should evaluate staff research expertise and, if possible, make contact with potential supervisors before submitting a study application.
MSc by Research programmes last 12 months full time, 24 months part time, and are aimed at students who have a very specific topic of interest into which they wish to conduct their own research. Some involve dissertations of 30,000 words, others a mixture of coursework and a shorter dissertation.
Applicants must also submit a research proposal demonstrating their knowledge of their chosen field of research, which will be closely scrutinised as part of the decision-making process.
Only candidates with a first degree in a clearly relevant field, who submit a strong and viable research proposal, will be considered for the long-dissertation mode.
The PhD is the major degree for those wishing to research and complete a substantial piece of work which adds to the existing body knowledge in their field.
The PhD normally lasts 36 months full time (72 months part time) and requires submission of a thesis not exceeding 100,000 words.
Less often, students take the MPhil, which has a duration of 24 months full time (48 months part time) and requires submission of a thesis not exceeding 60,000 words.
PhD and MPhil candidates also have to undertake an oral examination of the thesis. This compulsory oral examination is an integral part in determining whether the requirements for awarding the degree have been met.
This article was published on Oct 2, 2013