By phd | March 27, 2009
Background: Goldsmiths, University of London began as a venture by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and was later acquired by the University of London in 1904. Lauded for its history of excellence in media, communications and visual arts the university has undergone several name changes and received its royal charter in 1990.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
Goldsmiths offers Doctorate Degree Programs in various areas of research including Arts & Computational Technology, Art Psychotherapy/Dance Movement Therapy, Community & Youth Work, Computing, Creative Writing, Curating, Design, Drama, English, Comparative Literature or Modern Languages, Group Psychotherapy, History, Music (Research, Composition or Performance Practice), Politics, Psychology, Architecture, Social Work, Sociology, Visual Cultures and Visual Sociology. Applicants to the doctorate degree program should check the requirements cited for their particular department. As entry qualifications varies from lower second class honours degree to a masters in related area of research. It is also important that before applying formerly, you must contact related department for available supervisory team. When applying, apart from admission application you must submit a research proposal to give a clear understanding about your research background and interest in future research subjects. English proficiency is expected of all international applicants (IELTS or TOFEL exams). Although minimum admission requirement is successful completion of an undergraduate program, with good marks, but occasionally the university will consider applicants based on their work history and references.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Duration and Process:
Students applying for the Doctorate Degree Program begin by entering the MPhil program and attending classes in research methodology, transferring to the PhD track when they have completed sufficient training to do so. Full time students can expect to transfer up in about eighteen months and then take another year or two to complete their studies. Part time students need two years to transfer and then have up to six years to complete their work. However it is important to point out that this transfer will be completed on the grounds of satisfactory progress and submission of a transfer report and a viva voce. The transfer report will clearly indicate about future plans for a PhD thesis and timetable to finish. With successful transfer, student will complete their research with submission of a research thesis and final oral exam. During the Doctorate Degree Program, apart from individual research activities, candidates will be encouraged to participate in departmental research seminars, trainings and international conference events regularly.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Financial Assistance:
Goldsmiths’ offers eighteen separate partial scholarships to any international student and five country specific awards based on academic merit. Totals vary and run from £1000 to £2000 depending on the program. Students should apply in a timely manner once accepted. Individuals on an international student visa can also work part time in certain fields during the term and full time during vacations. Like international students, candidates from UK and EU are also offered 30 scholarships as partial fee waivers. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) also offers studentships for various departments of Goldsmiths, covering course fees and living expanses for one to three years full time or two to five years for part-time candidates. University also offers alumni discounts for both national and international students.