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PhD in the UK

Go further with your PhD in the UK

The UK is home to some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities including University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. Getting a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the UK is typically a shorter and more independent route, with programs generally lasting three to four years.

UK doctoral candidates are registered as students and can choose to undertake their doctoral work on a full-time basis or do their research part-time alongside full-time or part-time work.

For Malaysian students who are keen to pursue the PhD journey in the UK, there are two main types of doctorates available: The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil) and a professional or practice-based doctorates (EdD, DBA, DSocSci, DProf, etc).

The former combines structured doctoral training programs with collaboration with business or other organisations, while the latter is related to a doctoral candidate’s profession or practice - usually involving a structured period of initial research training, practice-based materials, and a written commentary or thesis.

Why UK for your PhD

UK is home to some of the best research facilities in the world and has a long standing in excellent higher education. You will find yourself at a fantastic place to attend conferences in the UK and around Europe that forge valuable connections in the academic communities. The rich diversity of culture in the UK is hard to beat, along with the range of lifestyle options from vibrant cosmopolitan cities to smaller towns close to nature.

Admission requirements

The majority of institutions require PhD candidates to possess a Master’s degree as well as a Bachelor's degree graded at 2:1 or above. Some exceptional cases may accept those with only a Bachelor’s degree with significant professional experience. A research proposal will also be required, along with English language proficiency test scores for non-native English speakers.

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