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PhD overview

If you have any questions please get in touch with Katy Williams, Graduate Studies Coordinator: For any general questions, pop in to the Faculty Office and speak to Karen or Sophia, or email We’ll be in touch regularly with details of forthcoming events and external funding opportunities that might arise during the year. Along with Gill, they can also help if you are considering arranging, travelling to, or promoting any events.

We look forward to seeing you on weekdays at 11am for Faculty coffee.


Language learning for graduate students

There are many language learning opportunities for graduate students provided by the University's Language Centre.

Training for supervisors

The Faculty places great value on the training and formation of future tertiary-level teachers. We run a series of seminars, taught by senior members of the Faculty, which are designed to equip graduate students in a variety of teaching skills, including supervising and lecturing.

All graduate students who wish to be added to the Faculty’s lists of approved supervisors must attend the seminar on supervising and the University PPD section’s supervision training workshop. Graduate students will also be given the opportunity to present an undergraduate-level lecture and receive peer feedback on it.

First-year examinations for PhD students

Students need to submit two copies of the following:

  • a summary of the scope, purpose, methodology and value of your research project;
  • a provisional outline (i.e. list of contents) of your dissertation with a timetable for the conduct and completion of the research and writing;
  • a bibliography of your topic and its immediate intellectual context, set out in accordance with the conventions current in your field of study;
  • a sample of written-up research of no more than 10,000 words, with appropriate footnotes and bibliographical references (included in the word-count).

Examinations take place in the Easter Term and students will be informed by letter of the date by which they need to submit their work.

Submitting PhD dissertation

At least three months before submitting your dissertation to the Student Registry, you will need to apply to have your examiners appointed.  Please download the form, complete and return it to the Faculty Office.  Your supervisor will be asked to suggest two examiners whose names will be considered at a Degree Committee meeting.

All the other forms for submission can be found on the Student Registry website.

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