Sociology Distance Learning PhD
Our distance programmes offer a more flexible way to study for a research degree - allowing you to undertake a University of Leicester PhD wherever you are based in the world.
As with the campus based PhD programme, you will undertake a substantial research project that is written up as a thesis of 80,000 words and defended in an oral examination (the "viva voce" examination).
Distance Learning PhD Description
Standard academic entry requirements and English language requirements apply - please see the Advice for Applicants.
Total Course Fee 2013-14 Entry
- UK/EU - £15,305
- International - £18,320
- International Discount - £13,915 - see Eligible Countries
- Normal - Four Years
- Maximum - Seven Years
There is no difference between the distance learning PhD qualification and the campus based equivalent and both degrees are recognised internationally.
All distance learning PhD research students are allocated a personal supervisor who will help you plan and manage your research and develop your understanding of relevant research methodology.
You'll keep in touch with your supervisor through regular supervisory meetings provided online or by telephone.
Research Skills Training
We have nearly twenty years' experience in supporting distance learning postgraduates.
Distance learning PhD research students undertake a structured programme of research training, delivered entirely through a combination of module books and interactive tasks, readings, and discussion through the University's online virtual learning environment.
The training covers core skills including:
Requirements of the PhD degree and expectations for the thesis
Finding and reviewing academic literature
Formulating and refining research questions
Quantitative research and analysis
Qualitative research and analysis
Alongside this core training, distance learners have access to a range of online resources and materials to help you:
develop an effective working relationship with your supervisor
develop your broader academic writing skills including related concepts such as referencing and avoiding plagiarism
plan and manage the writing of your thesis and prepare for the viva exam
You'll also have access to the University Library's online resources for distance learning researchers including remote access to some 18,000 electronic journals, books, and databases.
Distance learning PhD research students are registered on probation for the first twenty-four months of their degree. Over this period you will complete your research skills training and your overall suitability for a PhD programme will be monitored.
At the end of this period your progress will be assessed and, subject to this being satisfactory, you can then continue with your degree.
You will be required to visit Leicester both for your probation review and for your viva exam at the end of your degree. You are not required to visit Leicester at any other time, but distance learners are welcome to do so should they wish to:
- meet their supervisor or fellow researchers
- use facilities such as the University Library
- attend training sessions or other University events for researchers
|Applications and Further Details|
Applications for the distance learning PhD can be submitted online and should include a full research proposal:
If you have any questions about the distance learning PhD or about PhD supervision in the Department of Sociology, please contact us.