Programme routes

The programme offers two different routes to achieve a PhD.

Route one: 4-Year PhD

Each year, the programme offers:

  • Four fully funded UK/EU 4-year PhDs
  • Two fully funded 4-year PhDs for candidates from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)

Candidates wishing to apply for this route will have the opportunity to select an available project at the time of application, and can select up to three in order of preference.

Alternatively, candidates may propose their own project. In this case, we would strongly encourage you to co-develop a project with proposed supervisor(s) in advance of your application.

This route is also available on a part time basis.

Students will receive a PhD fee waiver and a stipend for all four years (or part time equivalent) of the PhD. See more information on funding for this programme.

Route two: 1-Year MSc + 4-Year PhD

Each year, the programme offers up to two candidates the option to study an MSc programme for one year and then go on to study their PhD for the subsequent four years.

Candidates wishing to apply for this option should apply for the PhD, and make it clear in their application the wish to pursue this option. There is no requirement to choose a project at this stage, but rather a project will be defined under expert guidance during the course of the 1-year MSc.

MSc programmes available include:

Students will receive a postgraduate tuition fee waiver for Year 1, a PhD fee waiver for Years 2-5 and a stipend for Years 2-5. See more information on funding for this programme.