1-2 years
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About this course

The PhD by Works in the Public Domain enables applicants with a substantial body of published work or equivalent creative outputs to gain recognition at doctoral level of their work

This form of doctorate is largely made up of the submitted publications or other forms of creative output, such as art-works and records of performances. The work submitted must be broadly comparable to a PhD thesis, that is, six peer-reviewed articles, or one/ two books or creative equivalents. The material must be linked in an intellectually coherent way, which will be brought out in a 10,000 word context statement that forms an introduction to the submitted work.

The context statement will give the aims of the thesis, and link the submitted material together. It will also discuss the nature of the research, demonstrating the original contribution made by the submitted work, together with an explanation of the project design(s) and methodologies. The statement will also make clear what contribution the
candidate has made, in the case of co-authored or multi-authored publications or outputs.

Applicants for this programme, once accepted, will be allocated a Director of Studies, to advise on the content statement and the preparation of the submitted material.

It is expected that this form of PhD will take much less time than the usual thesis-based MPhil/PhD, because the submitted work is already in the public domain. However, the
final submission for examination must take place no less than six months after approval of candidature.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements: Normally a Masters degree in a related discipline. Applicants without a Masters degree should normally have a good upper second-class degree in a related

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or a TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based) or 232 (computer-based)or equivalent