A PhD is a doctorate of philosophy based on mostly independent study. It typically takes a minimum of three years to a maximum of four years to complete full-time, or a minimum of five years to a maximum of six years when studied part-time. We also offer external PhDs for candidates who wish to study from their home country.
Under the guidance of your academic supervisor, you conduct unique research in your chosen field before submitting an extensive thesis of a publishable standard. A PhD thesis should demonstrate your understanding of a substantial body of knowledge. More importantly, it highlights thew important contribution that your research is making to scholarship.
As your PhD progresses, you move through a series of progression points and review stages. This ensures that you are engaged in a process of research that will lead to the production of a high-quality thesis and that you are on track to complete this in the time available. Following submission of your PhD thesis, you have a viva voce (oral) examination assessed by experts in your field.