University of East London

Course Introduction

The school gives postgraduate research students the chance to learn from the best academic minds and industry experts. You?ll be studying n an environment that positively encourages students to think beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines. The school?s major research areas include: business strategy and sustainability, market function, entrepreneurialism and SMEs, global development, criminology and justice, conflict and law, terrorism studies and human rights. The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas - normally over three years. PhD and MPhil students are supervised by one or more research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews. At the end of your PhD, you?ll write an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis. The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 33 months to complete. It involves two years of study, followed by an application to transfer from the MPhil to a PhD, when the quality of your research is assessed. You can then go on to do a full PhD.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for a PhD via MPhil should have either a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. To apply for a PhD course, they should have an MPhil, or MRes qualification or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. If they have relevant research or work experience, but no degree, they can still be considered for admission.
  • International entry requirements: If English is not your first language, you will have to satisfy the English language requirements. The minimum requirement for a research degree is an IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall (minimum of 6.5 in all components). This should normally have been gained within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 7