A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the most common type of doctoral degree and requires students to complete a thesis on a substantial piece of research that is judged by a team of examiners. As one of the highest awarded degrees at a UK university, you will need all the help necessary to submit a successful application.
Sahara’s PhD Application Service can help you successfully be accepted on to a PhD programme in the UK by advising you on your choice of university, providing intensive interview practice and editing your personal statement and research proposal into what an admissions panel want to read.
Why use the PhD Service?
The PhD Service will do the following to maximise your chance of securing an offer:
- Pre-screen your transcripts and ensure you are eligible to apply
- Advice on choosing suitable universities
- Provide a checklist of documents required
- Edit all supporting documents, including your personal statement, CV and reference letters
- Review and edit your research proposal, providing feedback
- Fill in the university application forms and track your application after submission
- 60 minute non subject specific interview session to familiarise you with the setting, followed by feedback.
Apply to study a PhD today
The cost of the PhD Service is £750. To learn more, arrange your free consultation in Bournemouth office today or email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD Research Proposal Tips
Your research proposal should be 1000-2000 words and include the following:
- Area to be investigated
- The issue, research question or hypothesis that is to be tested
- The likely methods and techniques to be used in the investigation
- The relationship of the proposed research to the published literature and current research in your field, and an indication of the contribution your thesis would make
- Details of work you have already done in the proposed field
- Your suitability as a researcher for the proposed project
A research proposal enables the academic staff responsible for selecting applicants to assess:
- Your competence in the proposed field of study
- Your ability to conduct a research programme independently
- The nature of the supervision required
Download a sample of a research proposal here.
PhD Study in the UK
What is a PhD?
A PhD is the highest degree awarded at universities in the UK. Study is based around a substantial research project on an area of academic interest, typically up to 100,000 words in length, written as a thesis which then must be defended in an oral examination at the end of the programme. Students are assigned a supervisor and the duration of a PhD is typically three years full-time and six years part-time.
Very few research degrees feature taught modules, and as such a student is expected to take more responsibility for their work and schedule.
PhD research proposal
A research proposal is required by all students when applying to study a PhD. The proposal should clearly address the research you wish to undertake, how you will do it, and why it is important. The proposal must be accepted by a panel of experts before your programme can begin.
PhD entry requirements
UK universities are free to admit anyone to a PhD programme, with admission generally conditional on the prospective student having successfully completed an undergraduate degree with at least upper second-class honours, as well as a masters degree.
English language ability will need to be proved and a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is generally required.
There is usually a first-year assessment to remain in study and the thesis is submitted at the end of the completed programme.