Distance Learning PhD

The PhD by Distance Learning is designed to offer an additional mode of study to those who seek a PhD but would find it difficult to fulfil the requirements of full or part-time study on campus. This is particularly suitable for those who want to combine work and study.

The minimum period of registration for the Distance Learning PhD is four years and the maximum is seven years.

Research Training (Compulsory Modules)

All Distance Learning PhD candidates will initially undertake a structured programme of research training over the course of 12 months. The research training will consist of four mandatory modules, delivered through a combination of module books and interactive tasks, readings and discussion on the University’s Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE). Following the completion of the research training, you will begin to focus solely on your proposed thesis, with supervisory support provided by telephone or electronically.

Probation Review

The Probation Review allows your department to assess your overall suitability as a research student based on your performance over the two years. It provides the student with the opportunity to discuss their research so far and their plans for completing their thesis.

Visits to Campus

You will be expected to visit the Leicester campus for your Probation Review which must be completed within 24 months of registration and for your VIVA which is the final assessment of your thesis.

You will not be required to visit campus at any other time during your registration, although you will be both encouraged and welcome to do so (to meet your supervisors and fellow students and to attend additional training events).

For more information on our Distance Learning PhD, including fees, entry requirements and how to apply, visit our Study with Us page.

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