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MPhil/DPhil Economics / International Studies

Course Description

Course Outline

We offer two different programmes of postgraduate study, each 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.

- DPhil – 3 academic years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study.
- MPhil – 2 academic years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study.

Postgraduate students wishing to register for a DPhil must first register for the MPhil and seek conversion at a later stage.

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.

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 MPhil/DPhil Economics / International Studies page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alexandre Vincent

"My Master at The University of Buckingham was an amazing intellectual experience. The University has a unique approach in terms of relationship between teachers and student. The close relationship allows student to benefit from a deeper understanding of the concepts studied, thus better quality of work delivered."

(Student Profile)

Sagir Musa

"The University of Buckingham is indeed a centre of academic excellence! The library, computers and internet services as well as the content and quality of education is superb. Its academic and non-academic staff are hospitable and dutifully but politely uncompromising. The environment/ the location is not only serene but is also naturally suitable for learning."


Postgraduate first class scholarship - No. of awards TBC

A first class scholarship is available to both home and international students following a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

% discount


The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First or second class, upper division degree or significant experience; master's degree preferred

Course Fees

International £13,280 p.a. Home £7,140 p.a.

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