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Structure of the Degree

Our first-year taught programme covers all methodological approaches and equips all first year PhD students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete their independent social scientific research. Queen Mary and the School of Business and Management have established an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and gained ESRC recognition for the PhD Programme. 

Progression occurs approximately after 9-12 months of initial registration. It is dependent upon your submission to the Progression Panel (consisting of your primary supervisor, PhD Director and two other academics from within the School who are knowledgeable in your field) and successful defence at viva (oral examination) of the written documentation submitted (Doctoral Record, Introduction, Literature Review, Outline Methodology). You may only proceed to year 2 once progression is passed.

Whilst Year 2 is typically spent gathering research data ‘in the field’, Year 3 is in turn usually spent analysing this data and writing up the final thesis. Both this data analysis and the writing-up process is again supported by research training designed to aid this process as well as to prepare you for your post-doctoral career – whether in academia or beyond.

Progress towards final submission of the thesis, and preparations for your post-doctoral career, will be monitored at meetings with your supervisors. Supervisors will offer detailed advice on final drafts of the thesis, on plans for publication, and for future employment.

Your thesis itself is submitted to the Research Degrees Office at Queen Mary. A PhD is awarded following the successful defence of your thesis at viva. The PhD is examined by two examiners (one from the University of London, one from another University) appointed in consultation between you and your supervisors and approved by Queen Mary’s Research Degrees Office.

Part-time study

We welcome applications from PhD students intending to study on a part-time basis where the nature of the research makes this feasible. The normal period of study is extended to a minimum of four years and a maximum of seven, and tuition fees are half of full-time fees. We do not offer a distance learning programme, and students are expected to be resident in London during the course of their PhD. 

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