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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Aberystwyth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

PhD

A PhD is awarded upon the satisfactory completion of a thesis of about 80-100,000 words followed by viva voce examination. The normal period of registration is three years (full time) and it is expected that the thesis will be submitted within four years of initial registration. Part of the first year is spent undertaking research training, leaving the second and third years for full-time research into your chosen topic. A PhD enables you to become expert in your chosen subject and to explore the intricacies of your subject, be it in law or criminology, in context. In order to satisfy the examiners, you must demonstrate originality of thought as well as detailed analysis.

A PhD is regarded as a major stepping stone in academic and academic-related careers. It signifies that you are capable of undertaking detailed research and of presenting the results of that research in an understandable way.

Many people embark on a PhD in order to make progress in their employment and some are actually sponsored by their employers to undertakethe degree. Others see it as the logical next step after their undergraduate or Masters studies. In any case, it is a rare opportunity for you to spend two to three years working on a subject that excites and fascinates you. Most people who complete a PhD find it to have been a challenging, but extremely rewarding, experience. The skills you will acquire go well beyond expertise in oyur subject area. You will learn the discipline of organising and completing a major research project; you will develop the discipline to see it through; and you will learn much about yourself and how you handle sucha major challenge.

Overview

PhD

The Department of Law and Criminology provides the opportunity to study for the research degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in most major areas of law and a number of more specialised topics. It is possible to study on either a full or part time basis.

The Department is always keen to welcome research students, who make an important contribution to the Department and University. The Department prides itself on the high standard of supervision provided for postgraduate students. Students will find that their supervisor takes a keen interest in their progress, and is always on hand to offer encouragement, guidance and advice.

In recent years many postgraduate students from the Department of Law & Criminology have published their research in the form of books and articles, and members of staff are always happy to give students advice about publication. There have also been several publications as a result of joint research projects between staff and postgraduates.

The Department currently has about 48 full time postgraduate research students, as well as many others studying on a part-time basis.

Research Training

Research Training is provided to all postgraduate research students, and it is an institutional requirement that appropriate training be provided for research students in accordance with the requirements of either the ESRC or Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), depending on the subject matter and methodology of the students research project.

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University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    42nd out of 103

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    119 54%

    57th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    43rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%

    24th

    4

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