London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

A PhD at London Met is conducted purely by research. Each PhD is the unique development of a student?s individual research project, conducted under the guidance of at least two supervisory members of staff with expertise in the research area. A PhD can be pursued in any area of research within the University where suitable expertise is available to support the proposed research. The University provides a supportive framework for research and each student?s work is carefully overseen. It is also possible to study a PhD via distance learning at London Met.

Each PhD is an individual and unique project. The research may be conducted in any of the University?s disciplines (or across disciplines) where there is appropriate research expertise. Although the degree is awarded for research with no taught component, research students are provided with research training and have access to any master's level module that will facilitate the research. Your progress is closely supported by your supervisors and School. You will be encouraged to attend conferences, write papers and publish while pursuing your research. The University has strong links with industry, business, the legal profession, and governmental and non-governmental organisations that facilitate your research and future career. Research students are an important part of the academic community at London Metropolitan University and are included in all conferences, lecture series and research seminar series.

Staff undertake research and offer supervision in areas including: migration and migrants; education with a commitment to social justice; violence against women and children and the emergence of trafficking; work and working lives; banking, finance and economics; intelligent systems; nutrition; architecture for rapid change and scarce resources; curation and socially engaged art practices; religion and politics; politics learning and teaching in higher education; urban policy; molecular sciences; applied linguistics; translation and interpreting and English language learning and teaching.

To obtain a PhD the candidate is expected to investigate a topic and make an original contribution to knowledge. During the course of the research, each student?s work is assessed annually by a Research Student Progress Group in order to ensure that good progress is being made and that adequate guidance is available. The degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University after the successful presentation of a thesis based on an original piece of research, completed under the supervision of University staff, and the successful defence of the thesis at an oral examination.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,500 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,500 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £11,800 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,250 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,250 European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,900 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will be required to have a good honours degree from a UK university or equivalent (first or upper-second class), although applicants will usually tend to have obtained a master's degree before entry. Candidates with other qualifications are considered on their merits.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 including Listening: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Component scores required: Listening: 51; Reading: 51; Writing: 51; Speaking: 51; Cambridge English - Certificate of Proficiency overall grade required: C. A certifying statement of results is also required.