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International research degree students

St Mary’s Doctoral College has a vibrant community of international students.

Students may choose to reside overseas whilst undertaking a PhD with the majority of supervisory meetings taking place via Skype. All students are expected to undertake a prescribed number of visits to the UK every year for supervisions and to participate in training and seminars.

We currently have a successful Centre for the Social Scientific Study of the Bible with a cohort of research students supervised in the US by a US-based St Mary’s academic.

Do I need a Master’s Degree?

Students who already have a Master’s degree can join the Research Degree programme directly.

Students who do not have a Master’s degree or who wish to undertake further taught postgraduate study, can choose a four-year programme route consisting of a taught Master’s degree in any academic area, followed by either a three-year full-time research-based PhD Degree or a (maximum) six year part-time PhD.

Subject Combinations

Although you can join the PhD/MPhil programme with any Master’s degree, the following combinations make use of particular strengths and specialisms at St Mary’s:

PhD in a sport or applied health sciences related area preceded by a Master’s degree in:

  • Applied Sports Nutrition
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Genetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sport Rehabilitation
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sport, Health and Applied Science

PhD in Theology, Biblical studies, Catholic Social Teaching, Bioethics or a criminology related area preceded by a Master’s degree in:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Bioethics and Medical Law
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime
  • Theology

The university offers a range of other Master’s courses and a PhD can be undertaken in any of the areas in which we can offer supervision.

Cross-disciplinary routes

Particular cross-disciplinary routes may also be especially appropriate. For example, MSc in International Business Management followed by a PhD in Catholic Social Teaching or in Human Trafficking.