By phd | February 23, 2009
Background: City University was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute. It gained full university status early, in 1966 and maintains close ties with the city’s businesses and professional life. With hundred years of history in research, today university has more than 10,000 students and majority of them are from outside the European Union.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
City University offers Doctorate Degree Programs in variety of subject areas including Cultural Policy and Management, Journalism, Music, Business, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Language and Communication Science, Optometry and Visual Science, Radiography, Public Health and Primary Care, Health Management, Food Policy, Interprofessional Practice, Investigative, Security and Police Sciences, Health Informatics, Human Computer Interaction Design, Software Reliability, Computing, Information Science, Law, Economics, International Politics, Psychology and Sociology. Applicants must have the equivalent of an honors degree in the field they wish to pursue, this equates to a 3.65 GPA in an American University. Some subjects require a Masters degree for application. All students must demonstrate an aptitude for independent research, and foreign students must display competence in English (minimum IELTS score of 6.5.or TOFEL score of 100). To apply, you need two copies of your application with brief research proposal, copies of your transcripts as proof of your qualifications, TOFEL or IELTS results along with two academic references.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Duration and Process:
It is important to point out that City university offers two major Doctorate Degree Program tracks for applicants, a traditional PhD track that involved thesis submission at the end of ones studies is the most common way to proceed, but the school also offers a Professional Doctorate that focuses upon case studies done in a workplace. During these programs an experienced supervisor will be allocated for constant guidance and support. Research training, research publications and seminars will become a major part these studies. At the completion of your program a 90,000 to 100,000 word thesis is to be presented for assessment. This oral presentation is assessed by two examiners, one of whom is not a member of the university faculty. Full time students routinely need three years to complete their studies, but they may take as little as two years or as much as four. Part time students may attend for three to seven years.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Financial Assistance:
Financial aid is available to Doctorate Degree Program students through studentships, awards and grants. Overseas Research Student Awards provide scholarships which are specifically for international students. The British Council awards scholarships directed towards foreign students. University also offers a research studentship scheme for UK/ EU and international students, covering tuition fee and living expenses for three years. However it is important to point out that these opportunities are limited (currently offering 10 places only) and will be awarded on merit. As a part of this scheme, students will undertake some teaching in the related department.