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Claire Tapia
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Email:claire.tapia@stmarys.ac.uk
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Research Degrees at St Mary's

Students registered before 10th August 2014

For students who registered before 10th August 2014, St Mary's University programmes will lead to awards of the University of Surrey. The University of Surrey is an award-granting body by Royal Charter and has in place arrangements with St Mary's University to assure the quality of all programmes leading to its awards. All students registered for awards of the University of Surrey are bound by appropriate general regulations of the University and are governed by the University’s appeals procedures prescribed therein.

Students registered after 10th August 2014

For students registering after 10th August 2014, St Mary's University Programmes will lead to awards of the Liverpool Hope University. Liverpool Hope University is an award-granting body by Royal Charter and has in place arrangements with St Mary's University to assure the quality of all programmes leading to its awards. All students registered for awards of Liverpool Hope University are bound by appropriate general regulations of the University and are governed by the University’s appeals procedures prescribed therein.

Full registration with St Mary'

If the academic staff consider that your proposal is sufficiently developed they may advise application to full registration. Once approved by St Mary's, your research can begin.

We offer the opportunity to study for an MPhil or PhD, working on your research project alongside highly experienced researchers.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

An MPhil is normally in the region of 40,000 words in length and is usually completed within two years full-time and four years part-time.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is normally in the region of 80,000 words and no more than 100,000 words, and is usually completed within three years full-time or six years part-time.

In both cases you will be examined through your thesis and by viva voce examination. All students who have not already completed appropriate postgraduate research methods training, are required to complete a suitable research methodology course early in their registration as part of their programme of study. This will provide you with a firm grounding for your research project.


Entry Criteria

Degrees of Master of Philosophy [MPhil] and Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

Applicants normally possess a Masters Degree with Distinction from a UK University, or one of the following:

  • A Masters degree with Merit from a UK University, including a Distinction grade for the Dissertation (or equivalent)
  • A Masters Degree from a UK University that does not offer awards with Merit, the Registrar having confirmed that the profile of marks awarded by that University satisfies or exceeds Liverpool Hope University's requirements for the award of a Master's Degree with Merit, and that the Dissertation([or equivalent) was awarded a Distinction grade
  • An equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Advanced Standing

MPhil and PhD applicants who have successfully completed one or more years of full-time study (or two or more years of part-time study) for a research degree at a UK University may be considered for admission with advanced standing. In such cases, the admissions procedure shall be identical to other applicants; however, the duration of the programme may vary and shall be as specified at the time of entry.


How to Apply

All potential research students must discuss their proposal with the member of academic staff in one of the Academic Schools.

School of Arts and Humanities

Contact: glenn.richardson@stmarys.ac.uk

School of Education, Theology and Leadership

Contact: jane.renowden@stmarys.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health and Applied Science

Contact: charles.pedlar@stmarys.ac.uk

School of Management and Social Sciences

Contact: lise.georgeson@stmarys.ac.uk


Deadlines for Applications to St Mary’s Research Degrees Sub-Committee

Deadline: 20th October 2014
Start Date: 2nd February 2015

Deadline: 12th January 2015
Start Date: 1st October 2015



Following an initial discussion, if we can support you in your research one of the following options will be offered with appropriate forms provided:

Pre-registration with St Mary's

This is a preparatory stage to develop your proposal for application to full registration (if required).


Full registration with St Mary's

If the academic staff consider that your proposal is sufficiently developed they may advise application to full registration. Once approved by St Mary's, your research can begin.

More information about the application process can be found in the following documents:


Fees

Fees vary depending on mode of study, area of study and student status, i.e. whether you are full-time or part-time, which subject you are studying and whether you are a UK, EU or International student. Annual fees for the MPhil / PhD programmes of study can be found on the Home and EU students fee page and on the International students fee page.