Research Degrees at St Mary's

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

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Entry Criteria

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 at Liverpool Hope University 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.


Applicants for admission to a programme of study leading to the award of Educational Doctorate should normally possess:

  • Either a Masters degree in a relevant discipline from a UK University or an equivalent qualification from outside the UK.
    Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.
  • Applicants must have at least 3 years' experience of leadership in a professional area relevant to the programme of study.

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

EdD Contact: jane.renowden@stmarys.ac.uk


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.

An MPhil is normally in the region of 60,000 words in length and is usually completed within two years full-time and four years part-time.


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 are required to undertake an agreed programme of research skills training and development. This will be agreed at entry and reviewed regularly.


The professional doctorate in Education is designed to provide research competence for professionals in a range of social science settings and not just from an educational background; and to enable professional and institutional development through research engagement at a high level.

EdD graduates will expect not only to have a critical understanding of all forms of research in their field, but to generate research and publications which will make a significant contribution to that field.

The programme is delivered by part time study and is typically studied for four years. Phase 1 is a delivered as a taught route with a core curriculum and students are expected to attend three residential weekend studies which take place during year one and year two. Phase 2 students move into the traditional ‘thesis stage’ of the programme. A thesis submitted for the Professional Doctorate should not exceed 60,000 words.


How to Apply

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



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

Deadline

Start Date

6th April 2016

1st October 2016


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

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


If the academic staff consider that your proposal is sufficiently developed they may advise application to full registration. Once approved by St Mary's, and then by Liverpool Hope University (as the awarding institution), your research can begin at the next scheduled entry point in the academic calendar.

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.

For more information about PhD fees please refer to the PhD fees policy.

Further Information

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.


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.