Canterbury Christ Church University PHD

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Canterbury Christ Church University PHD

PhD (also known at some universities as a D Phil).

A PhD involves a commitment to at least 3 years’ study, (5 if part-time) and completion of a thesis of around 80,000 words. Your thesis will need to make an original contribution to existing knowledge in your chosen field.

PhD students work closely with academic supervisors whose research interests are compatible with their own.

A PhD is awarded purely on the strength of your thesis and your ability to present and discuss your findings in an oral examination (viva voce, often referred to as a viva). There are no written examinations.

Why do a PhD?

A PhD is often the first stage of an academic research career and most university lecturers have one.

A PhD can also be useful in industry or the public sector, and gives you the opportunity to carry out in-depth study and contribute new knowledge to a subject in which you have a passionate interest.

Could I do a PhD?

Ask yourself some important questions:

  • Do you have a research idea that will sustain you for 3 – 5 years?
  • Do you know, and have a point of view, about the major discussions in your academic subject?
  • Are you prepared to change your ideas completely?
  • Are you able to write an 80,000 word thesis which is as good as the most advanced academic book in your subject?
  • Are you prepared to find, read and use over 200 books and articles?
  • Are you prepared never to need help with your English?

The Masters by Research and MPhil are shorter, with a smaller thesis; but you have to work much faster…


The following tuition fees apply to the standard PhD for 2016/17 (2017/18 TBC). View the list of standard PhD subjects this applies to.

Per Year UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £4,121 £11,500
Part-time £2,473 £6,900 (depending on eligibility)

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

  • Read further information about funding your degree
  • See information about financial support availabe for postgraduate studies
  • If you would like information about paying your fees, please contact
  • For specific fee queries, please contact

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet.

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Graduate School 2017 PhD Scholarships

We welcome applicants for full-time PhD scholarships (a stipend of £13,000 p.a. and tuition fee waiver for three years). Applications are invited across a range of subjects and themes:

  • Education (Auto/Biography and Narrative; Holistic Early Learning and Development; Curriculum, Language and Intercultural Education; Equality, Inclusion and Social Justice; Post Secular Values and the Sacred; Professional, Organisational and Leadership Development; Ecopedagogy; Pedagogy and Identity)
  • Contemporary Studies in Childhood, Youth and Parenthood: (Children, Families and Communities; the Politics of Early Childhood Care and Education (birth to three); Social Divisions and Youth Marginalisation; Motherhood and Family Wellbeing)
  • Health and Wellbeing (Mental Health; Child Health and Wellbeing; Patient, Carer and Public Involvement/Service User and Carer Involvement; Innovation in Practice Development and Health Education; Health and Social Services Evaluation; Arts and Health)
  • Arts and Humanities (American Studies; Applied Linguistics; Archaeology; English Literature; History; Film Studies; Theology and Religious Studies; Music; Media and Cultural Studies; Performing Arts)
  • Social and Applied Sciences (Biological Sciences; Business and Management and Finance; Computing; Criminal Justice; Geography; Psychology; Politics and International Relations; Sociology; Sport and Exercise Science; Tourism Studies).

Available to: Home/EU and International applicants

Closing date: 18 April 2017

Registration date: 1 October 2017

How to apply: Please indicate that you would like to be considered for the scholarship during the online application stage. Start your application.

Full-time PhD fee waivers

Candidates who are not awarded a PhD scholarship will be considered for a fee waiver for the following areas:  American Studies; Applied Linguistics; Archaeology; English Literature; History; Film Studies; Theology and Religious Studies; Music; Media and Cultural Studies; and Performing Arts.

This award:

  • only covers the costs of the fees for study in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and does not provide any further funding.
  • Is only for newly registered PhD students from the UK/EU.

If you have any enquiries about the scholarship, please email the Graduate School.

How to apply

Firstly,  view the research areas on offer to find an academic supervisor.

Once you have discussed your proposed research with an academic supervisor, you can begin your application.