By phd | February 22, 2009
Background: Bristol University was founded in 1876 and received its Royal Charter in 1909. A trailblazer, it was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on the same basis as men. The university is a member of the Russell Group of universities and the World Universities Network and is “dedicated to learning, discovery, and enterprise.”
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
Bristol offers Doctorate Degree Programs in several subjects including, Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, Theatre, Film, Television, East Asian Studies, English Literature, French, German, Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Historical Studies, History of Art, Italian Medieval Studies, Music, Philosophy, Russian and Czech Theology and Religious Studies. Applicants should have a least a master’s degree and are encourage to discuss their research plans with the desired department to ensure they have the faculty and resources to accommodate the potential student. Some departments have the option of filling out the application online. Any applicant whose first language is not English must score a 6.5 on the IELTS or equivalent. With your admission application, you also need to include certified copies of your transcripts, and two academic references (in some cases a short research proposal).
It is important to point out that university also offers Professional Doctorates (in various areas of research) and PhD by published work for its own graduate and staff.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Duration and Process:
Those accepted into a Doctorate Degree Program should expect to complete a full time PhD program in three years whereas part time students should expect to complete the program in about six years. All Doctorate Degree Programs adopt various approaches to conduct the study, however overall these programs will contribute and give evidence of original knowledge. The last stage of program will be presentation and submission of research dissertation with not more than 80,000 words. The candidate will also defend his/her area of research during the final oral exam.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Financial Assistance:
There are several scholarships available for students enrolled in one of Bristol’s Doctorate Degree Programs. For students whose home is the UK or EU there are several research councils offering aid (including AHRC, BBSRC, NERC, ESRC, MRC, EPSRC, STFC). University also offers 19 research scholarships with fee, living costs and research projects expenses for UK and EU students for three years duration. University also provides similar financial support for international students under the scheme of “University of Bristol Overseas Centenary Postgraduate Research Scholarship”. Overall there are twelve awards, two for each department, covering overseas fee and living expanses. All of these awards are merit based and will be given on academic excellence. Apart from these studentships, for international students there is the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award, which can cover all three years of the program, and Commonwealth scholarships available depending on the student’s home country.