17 September 2018
7 January 2019
29 April 2019
The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.
Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.
Places available (subject to change)
This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area.
The research degree
A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to pursue a research project that combines the creative and the critical, and which shows evidence of an original contribution to knowledge.
A full-time PhD is a three-year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.
A PhD is an exciting opportunity to develop an independent creative idea and situate this within a critical and/or contextual framework, all with the support of well-qualified staff who are published authors themselves.
You'll be expected to work to an approved programme of research which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies.
Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprise up to three members. The research supervisor will take the lead in advising you and supporting you as you work on your project.
Whilst undertaking the research project you will develop your research skills by taking part in postgraduate skills workshops and attending research seminars and other events.
You will also have the opportunity to present your research to your peers, including at the subject area’s postgraduate conference. You’ll be part of an active and exciting research community in English Literature and Creative Writing at Huddersfield and, increasingly as your studies progress, become a member of a wider, external community of scholars/writers in your field.
The normal level of attainment required for entry is:
- a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
- an upper second-class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
- appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages.
The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.
The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It’s important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.
We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.
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