MPhil / PhD

Research degrees in Arts and Humanities

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate research
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: All year depending on project
  • Course duration: 2 to 4 years full-time, or 4 to 8 years part-time.

Overview

The School of Arts and Humanities offers opportunities to carry out postgraduate research leading to a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

We pride ourselves on the real-world relevance of our courses, and place particular emphasis on helping you to develop the academic and practical know-how that encourages initiative, innovation and academic excellence.

PhD projects

We are currently accepting applications for the following PhD projects:

  • The Changing Linguistic Landscape of the East Midlands
  • Museums, Memory and Contested Histories
  • Relationships between Gender and Social Status in Medieval Societies
  • Oliver Cromwell and the Military Revolution
  • Black Consciousness and Afterwards in British Literature and Culture
  • The Postcolonial Caribbean in Eco-critical Perspective
  • Anglophone Soldier Poetry of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars
  • European Cinema in the Crisis
  • The Impact of French Policy on Gender-based Violence

We are also accepting applications for PhD research in the following broad areas:

  • Media, Film, Communication and Society
  • History and Heritage
  • English Studies
  • Languages, Cultures and Philosophy

As part of the application process, you'll submit a research proposal and we'll work to match your specific project to a supportive supervisory team.

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Why choose NTU?

Training

  • All of our research degrees incorporate a well-chosen programme of study and research training to help you acquire and develop competency in the appropriate methodologies and techniques to support your work.
  • Take part in a series of professional researcher training seminars through our NTU Doctorate Plus Programme. This combines general research training with specific topics, associated with your discipline. The training focuses on the requirements of external research funding bodies and government requirements. We also provide a structured programme of transferable skills training and career development. This is informed by the work of Vitae, the national organisation which supports researchers throughout their careers.

Research community

  • Our research students benefit from becoming student ambassadors or course representatives, and a structured series of work-in-progress seminars and discipline specific research seminars further consolidates the course community.
  • Gain inspiration and meet other researchers by attending our series of inaugural lectures. Running throughout the academic year, inaugural lectures are an opportunity hear from world-leading researchers and prestigious leaders in their field.
  • Participate in academic conferences, seminars and external networks which will cultivate contacts, skills and knowledge essential for successful research practice.
  • You are also invited to take part in our own Research Conferences giving you the opportunity to present your work and discuss with other researchers at NTU.
  • Study at a university with an outstanding reputation for producing world-leading research.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, our subjects with a research impact measured as world-leading or internationally excellent include: English Language and Literature (87%), Modern Languages and Linguistics (80%), Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management (70%) and History (70%).

Academic support

  • The team is led by a Director of Studies, who has expertise in the specific subject area relevant to your research, and who will take primary responsibility for supervising your work and monitoring your progress. You will also be supported by one or two other supervisors, who will adopt complementary roles and responsibilities.
  • You'll have a team of academic support staff to help focus your research and prepare for key milestones throughout your studies. You'll have regular meetings and be allocated time with your lead supervisor, and a small team of co-supervisors, benefiting from their academic expertise, active research, links to organisations and significant experience of working in practice. Significant academic support and guidance is in place to help students returning to study after extended periods in employment, and students who are pursuing high-level study for the first time.
  • The Doctoral School Team will support you from your initial enquiry, through the application process and the various stages of your degree, until your viva voce examination and subsequent graduation. Once you begin your studies, you will have induction sessions to introduce you to the University, help you settle in and meet other researchers.

Facilities

  • You will have access to dedicated postgraduate research student desk space and facilities, enabling cross-discipline working and sharing of research.

Future career

There are some opportunities for research students to prepare for an academic career by teaching undergraduate students or leading seminars. Students may also take part in the Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education training programme.

Although formal placements are not a requirement of PhDs, the University has strong links with professionals in business and industry.

There are opportunities to participate in ERASMUS overseas exchanges in some subject areas. The University has links with many other institutions such as:

  • Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • l'Université d'Angers
  • Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona)

Stages of Study

Stage One: Preparing your research proposal

This is where you outline the scope of your research project and identify exactly how you propose to contribute new knowledge and ideas to the School of Art and Humanities. During this time, you'll read widely and become aware of existing research in your field of interest, enabling you to identify areas where your contribution and progress can be made.

Stage Two: Preparing for your transfer stage

For the transfer report, you'll produce a substantial document identifying what it is about your research that will add new knowledge to the field of the Art and Humanities. Establishing a novel perspective and clearly articulating a new contribution will set you on a path to a PhD. It's at the transfer stage where you may opt - or be advised - to pursue an MPhil award. The MPhil is still a research-based degree, however there is less of a requirement to contribute new research to the field.

Stage Three: Viva voce examination

The time between stage two and stage three varies significantly between students. Between stage two and three, you'll be 'writing up' - this is where you produce your PhD or MPhil body of research, assisted by the advice of your supervisory team, working within the established and agreed parameters of your research proposal. You'll read widely, travel to sites or other universities to pursue further study, and work with our academic team to push the boundaries of your research further.

Once you've fully completed your body of research, you'll work towards your final milestone - the viva voce examination. The exam takes the format of a panel meeting, whereby a team of assessors will choose areas of your research to ask further, more detailed questions about. You'll be expected to talk widely and with authority on the research you've undertaken, further evidencing your expertise in the field. The viva voce is the last step in your PhD/MPhil before graduation.

There are several outcomes, which include a straight pass, or advised corrections - with varying degrees of amends to be made. If you are required to make corrections, you could be working on your research piece for up to another twelve months, before re-taking the viva voce exam. A pass at this stage will result in graduation and a PhD/MPhil award.

What you'll study

There are three key stages to a PhD or MPhil degree course. Your progression through the course depends on your success at each stage, and how long you prepare to meet the assessment criteria for each milestone.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants for PhD or MPhil should normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a UK university or an equivalent qualification, or
  • a lower second class honours degree with a master’s degree at Merit level of a UK university or an equivalent qualification.
  • If you are an international applicant, you will require an English language qualification, normally an IELTS with a score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill). For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page. If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.
  • Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. Applicants who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement will normally be asked to complete an English Language course.

How to apply

Applications for a research course are made through the NTU Doctoral School.

For a step-by-step about how apply, visit our Doctoral School application page.

All applications should be emailed to the Doctoral School.

Application process

To apply for a PhD / MPhil please submit a research proposal (between 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words) which addresses the following points:

  • provisional title
  • the topic or area to be investigated (the subject or field that you are going to investigate)
  • the problem or hypothesis to be tested (the research questions or problem you want to address, the research objectives)
  • the relationship of the proposed research to the published literature and to current research in the field (how your project relates to other work)
  • an indication of the contribution to knowledge that the thesis is anticipated to make (what you hope to find out)
  • the methods and techniques to be used in the research (how you propose to go about the research)
  • a provisional timetable for the project, indicating anticipated activities
  • details of your previous work in the proposed field, or relationship to prior experience or study
  • bibliography of sources already consulted or identified as of relevance to your proposal.

As you're applying for a Research degree, you may also like to have a look around our Research pages. This may help you to spot academic staff, research areas or projects that interest you.

To view our current opportunities and to get involved with the PhD Projects available at the School of Arts and Humanities, please visit the project page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications for a research course are made through the NTU Doctoral School.

For a step-by-step about how apply, visit our Doctoral School application page.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Study routeHome/EU tuition fee

PhD/MPhil (Full-time)

£4,256 per year

PhD/MPhil (Part-time)

£2,900 per year

Completion Year Fee

£610 per year

Funding opportunities

  • Apply for our comprehensive offering of studentships and research bursaries, to support you financially while you study.
  • Applications are also open for the Midlands3Cities Training Partnership; which is a collaboration between several Midlands universities. The scholarship awards up to 80 PhD Arts Humanities Research Council studentships for applicants in 2018, providing full funding for Arts and Humanities research students. Visit the M3C website for full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects.
Study routeInternational tuition fee

PhD/MPhil (Full-time)

£13,250 per year

PhD/MPhil (Part-time)

£6,625 per year

Completion Year Fee

£610 per year

Funding opportunities

  • Apply for our comprehensive offering of studentships and research bursaries, to support you financially while you study.
  • Applications are also open for the Midlands3Cities Training Partnership; which is a collaboration between several Midlands universities. The scholarship awards up to 80 PhD Arts Humanities Research Council studentships for applicants in 2018, providing full funding for Arts and Humanities research students. Visit the M3C website for full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects.

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