Candidates who apply for this course must have an MQF 7 level degree.
Students must have English or Spanish language competency at a C1 level. Evidence of this competency that will be accepted includes: having completed an EQF 7 level degree in the appropriate language; English language competency scores on IELTS as such: overall: 6.5; Writing: 6; Reading: 6; Listening: 6; Speaking: 6 (or 7.5 in writing and 6.5 in other elements if the course is offered by Dpt. of English or Arts); or, for Spanish, a C1 or higher score on the DELE exam.
Students who are transferring from another accredited doctoral program may be eligible to complete the degree in a shorter timeframe. This arrangement will be detailed as part of any offer of admission.
The course trains students to become independent researchers in an area of the humanities or social sciences, contributing original knowledge in their chosen discipline. The doctorate program develops skills in critical thinking, analysis, research, project management, and writing. Students gain a sophisticated, cutting-edge knowledge of their research speciality.
The learner will be able to:
1. Acquire and possess a systematic understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice
2. Students will gain specialised knowledge, including knowledge which is at the forefront of the field.
3. Students will be able to analyse the societal, regulatory, and political contexts for their research specialization.
4. Students will be able to apply their academic scholarly abilities to produce innovative analyses of key academic topics.
5. Students will display original thinking on the basis of the knowledge they gain in the course
In total, Doctor of Philosophy in the Humanities and Social Sciences (PhD) is 1500 hours to complete; the programme is structured with tiers, which are described below.
1500 required hours