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Course Outline

This programme of postgraduate study is available in either full-time or part-time mode. These are degrees by research which require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

- PhD – 3 academic years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study.

Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place – normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration.

MPhil and DPhil students undertake supervised but independent research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. A DPhil thesis must embody an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach.

In addition to Economics, International Studies and Security and Intelligence Studies, the University offers MPhil / DPhil programmes in the following Humanities areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biography
  • English Literature
  • Garden History
  • History
  • Military History

Find out more about our Department of International Studies on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/economics-international.

Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

Research Proposals

Applications should be accompanied by a research proposal. Advice on submitting a proposal is available as a PDF document on the University's website: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/dphil-prospectus.pdf.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/mphil/economicsandinternationalstudies.


Visit the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics / International Studies page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

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