A PhD is an independent piece of research and writing that presents an original contribution to existing knowledge within a given discipline. Liverpool Hope University will award the degree of PhD to students who have demonstrated:
Typically, holders of a PhD degree from Liverpool Hope University will:
The maximum length of a PhD thesis at Liverpool Hope University is 100,000 words.
The period of study for a PhD is:
The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed to meet the needs of educational professionals in teaching, management or administration in a range of sectors.
Students recruited to the programme come from occupations such as teaching, advisory roles, police work, social work and in the health sector, and often but not always hold senior positions. Common to them all is a desire to pursue an area of research related to and drawing on their professional work, and with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and for the wider professional community.
There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which you engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to your own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis integrating academic and professional considerations.
The programme is divided into two parts. In the first part, you undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each). This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms a good foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2. This will be based on a research question broadly related to professional practice.
A thesis submitted for the Professional Doctorate should not exceed 60,000 words.
Typically the EdD is studied part time and takes four years to complete.
The MPhil is an award of considerable distinction in its own right, and is awarded for the successful completion of a substantial element of research or equivalent enquiry. The MPhil differs from the PhD only in terms of the scope of study required, demonstrated by the shorter word limit of 60,000, and the extent of the original personal contribution to knowledge.
Liverpool Hope University will award the degree of MPhil to students who have demonstrated:
Typically, holders of an MPhil degree from Liverpool Hope University will:
The period of study for an MPhil is:
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the National Union of Students (NUS) have created a guide for PGR students which recognises the diversity of awards and the student population to help guide doctoral students and applicants through what a UK doctorate is. We would encourage you to refer to this guide during the application process.