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What will I learn?

About the programme

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject-specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this programme?

By undertaking a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire you will gain:

  • An internationally recognised research qualification
  • Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
  • Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
  • Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.

Teaching methods

A PhD is a not a taught course. Students are expected to initiate their learning and development through seeking out opportunities provided by the University. Your supervisors will assist and support you throughout your time with us. The PhD programme can be undertaken on a full or part time basis and we endeavour to provide a fully supportive research and learning environment with flexible supervision to enhance your experience and help you to make the most of your research learning time with us.

Which department am I in?

School of Health and Social Work

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£13,650.00 (US$ 18,781) per year
The 2020/21 fees would be £13,650 and subject to increase for 2021/22 entry. £500 full payment discount. Research students can enrol at the beginning of each month and fees are charged for the year from their enrolment date. Fees are charged annually until the student formally submits to Academic Services for final examination.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 November 2021, 1 December 2021, 1 January 2022, 1 February 2022, 1 March 2022, 1 April 2022, 1 May 2022, 1 June 2022, 1 July 2022, 1 August 2022, 1 September 2022, 1 October 2022, 1 November 2022, 1 December 2022

Venue

University of Hertfordshire

College Lane,

Hatfield,

Hertfordshire,

AL10 9AB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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