Medical Humanities

PhD, MPhil

History at Leicester offers supervision for the degrees of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - full-time and part-time
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - full-time and part-time

Supervision and research areas

We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in Medical Humanities in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff.

Interested in a different research area?

It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.

However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements.

How to apply

  1. Make sure we offer PhD/MPhil supervision in the area in which you want to work.
  2. Research Proposal: Download and save the Research Proposal Form. Complete all sections of the form telling us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing and how, with reference to existing practice and research, it constitutes an original investigation.
    You might be interested in signing up for our 5 week online course 'Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal. The course is offered through FutureLearn where you can register your interest for the next available course.
  3. Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements:
    • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
    • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
    • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation
  1. You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme.
  2. Submit your online application using the button at the bottom of this page.

When to apply

We have intakes in January, April, July and September each year.

You should try to submit your application as far in advance of your preferred start date as possible. If you are an international applicant and require a visa to study in the UK you should submit your application at least 3-4 months before the proposed start date.

After you have submitted your application, it will take a minimum of six weeks for you to receive a decision about your application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees vary according to your fee status (whether you live in the UK, EU, or international) and the mode of study (full-time or part-time).

UK/EU Campus-based

Full-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £4,407 per year

Part-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £2,203.50 per yea

International Campus-based

Full-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £15,520 per year

Part-time

Please note that owing to UK visa restrictions, part-time campus based registration is not normally available to international applicants.

The normal duration of a PhD programme is three years (full-time). PhD students may use the fourth year as a 'writing-up' year for which a reduced fee is payable if active research has been completed - currently £100. (Maximum registration permitted is 4 years full-time or 7 years part-time).

UK/EU Distance Learning

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £20,825 (Total course fee)

International Distance Learning

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £24,930 (Total course fee)

If you are living outside of the UK/EU during your studies you will pay the International fee. For clarification please contact pgradmissions@le.ac.uk

Paying for distance learning

If you are living outside of the UK/EU during your studies you will pay the International fee. For clarification, please contact pgradmissions@le.ac.uk

The fees quoted are the total fee for the PhD distance learning programme and are paid over the first four years of study. Fees can be paid using any of these options:

  • Total course fee paid in full before first registration.
  • Total course fee split into four annual payments with first annual payment made in full before first registration.
  • Total course fee split into four annual payments with each annual payment divided into three instalments. The first instalment to be paid before first registration.

A payment schedule will be sent with the offer letter.

Funding

For a list of our available scholarships/studentships, please visit our funded opportunities pages.

PhD description

PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time).

A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

PhDs Explained