The essential requirement of a PhD is the creation of new knowledge. Being a researcher means developing new ideas and improving understanding through the creation of new knowledge. Your research will inevitably build to some degree on the work and ideas of others, but as a research student you are expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in your discipline.
The research project is led by the research student. At Leicester, each of our PhD students has a supervisory team who are there to provide guidance and read and comment on draft work - but the ultimate responsibility for planning and managing the research project rests with the research student.
The research project is then written up as a thesis - usually of 50,000 to 80,000 words depending on the discipline. Again, responsibility for writing and submitting the thesis rests with the research student, but the supervisory team provide guidance and read and comment on draft chapters to help ensure the thesis is of an appropriate standard.
Finally, to be awarded a research degree research students must defend their thesis in a "viva voce" (spoken) examination. The viva voce examination is an intense and challenging experience, but we offer workshops and mock examinations to help our research students prepare and almost all research students who reach this stage go on to successfully complete their degree.
In the UK all higher education institutions are required to follow standards set by the national Quality Assurance Agency. They have produced a short guide on UK doctorate programmes and international applicants in particular may find this helpful in understanding what makes UK doctorates distinctive.
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 50,000 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.
Supervision and Research Areas
We offer PhD supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:
- Control Systems
- Electrical Power and Power Electronics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Radio Systems
How to Apply
1) Look at our staff research interests and find the research group you would like to work in and one or two members of staff within that group whose research interests are closest to your own
2) Draft a brief (1,000 words maximum) personal statement that:
- explains why you want to work in this area
- describes any relevant research experience - for example, as part of a previous degree
- lists any academic work you have published or which is awaiting publication
3) Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic and 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
4) Submit your online application or apply by post
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Last updated May 10, 2016