PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
A PhD at Cumbria allows you to develop your ambitions in a supportive, challenging and innovative research environment.
With supervisory expertise at the intersections between theory and practice, the University offers a range of doctoral programmes to suit your research needs. These include full-time and part-time options for PhDs, PhDs by Art Practice, PhDs by Alternative Format and Professional Doctorates (DProf).
The University of Cumbria delivers a range of postgraduate research degrees, so you can ensure your programme of work matches your interest and ambitions:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): A doctoral-level award assessed through a research thesis and oral defence.
Alternative Format PhD: A doctoral programme where the body of work to be assessed is in a format other than the traditional single volume thesis.
PhD by Art Practice: A doctoral programme where the body of work to be assessed comprises a negotiated set of research outcomes mediated by individual creative and art practice.
PhD by Publication: A doctoral-level award comprising an assessment of a student’s published works within a related field of study. In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a University of Cumbria alumni and graduate of at least five years' standing and have already obtained a master’s degree or show evidence of having received research training or equivalent.
On this course you will...
- Benefit from excellent supervision by a supervisory team.
- Become a part of a dedicated Graduate School.
- Have access to our research repository, networks, and facilities.
- Have the opportunity for supervised involvement in teaching.
- Have the option to study at our Ambleside, Carlisle or Lancaster campuses.
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