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Study PhD in the UK

Course Overview

A PhD stands for 'Doctor of Philosophy', sometimes referred to as a 'doctorate'. It is the highest level of degree that a student can achieve. A PhD in UK usually culminates in a dissertation, based on the research carried out by the student over the course duration. The research must, of course, be original and aim to add new knowledge or theories in the area of specialization, or the student can also choose to build on existing knowledge or theories. The career opportunities for students who have completed their PhD mainly depend on what the PhD was in. Some have the option of commercial research, while many are able to use their research skills in areas of business and finance.

In UK, PhD programs are of generally of duration period of three years and students are required to submit thesis report within 12 months of end of program. However, duration may vary depending on the structure of course and related project.

Why pursue a PhD in UK

UK is home to some of the best research facilities in the world. The study programs that are offered to students wishing to pursue PhD in UK provide degrees that are recognized and respected all over the world. Preparing students for future careers in major international companies, UK has a lot to offer its international students. One of the most cosmopolitan countries in Europe, joining people from all over the world in one truly multicultural society, UK gives students an opportunity to grow culturally as well as academically.


To pursue PhD in UK, an undergraduate degree is a minimum requirement, while many require a master’s degree. Students need to submit a research proposal to the department they wish to undertake their study in along with their academic transcripts and English language proficiency test scores. The proposal should outline what students intend their research to investigate, how it relates to other existing and currently undergoing research in their field and what methods they intend to use to carry out their research. 

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