PhD (also known at some universities as a D Phil).

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A PhD involves a commitment to at least 3 years’ study, (5 if part-time) and completion of a thesis of around 80,000 words. Your thesis will need to make an original contribution to existing knowledge in your chosen field.

PhD students work closely with academic supervisors whose research interests are compatible with their own.

A PhD is awarded purely on the strength of your thesis and your ability to present and discuss your findings in an oral examination (viva voce, often referred to as a viva). There are no written examinations.

Why do a PhD?

A PhD is often the first stage of an academic research career and most university lecturers have one.

A PhD can also be useful in industry or the public sector, and gives you the opportunity to carry out in-depth study and contribute new knowledge to a subject in which you have a passionate interest.

Could I do a PhD?

Ask yourself some important questions:

  • Do you have a research idea that will sustain you for 3 - 5 years?
  • Do you know, and have a point of view, about the major discussions in your academic subject?
  • Are you prepared to change your ideas completely?
  • Are you able to write an 80,000 word thesis which is as good as the most advanced academic book in your subject?
  • Are you prepared to find, read and use over 200 books and articles?
  • Are you prepared never to need help with your English?

The Masters by Research and MPhil are shorter, with a smaller thesis; but you have to work much faster…


The following tuition fees apply to the standard PhD for 2019/20. View the list of standard PhD subjects this applies to.

Per YearUK/EUOverseas






Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

How to apply

Firstly,  view the research areas on offer to find an academic supervisor.

Once you have discussed your proposed research with an academic supervisor, you can begin your application.


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