About the course
The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree is a four year full-time or eight year part-time programme of research on a topic that is linked to one of the Department’s research groups under the supervision of one of our academic staff who is a specialist in the research field. The core one-word requirement of a PhD is ‘novelty’, there has to be something within a PhD that can be deemed to be novel. This has to be demonstrated by reviewing the research literature mainly during the first 9 months or so to establish a specific area of interest where there is scope for moving knowledge forwards. Then some way of exploring that area formally is established, usually through experimentation, and this phase lasts generally into the third year. The writing of the thesis will usually start during the last 3-6 months of the third year.
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GBP 69,600
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4 Years
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3 Years

Royal Holloway, University of London

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Royal Holloway, University of London, formally incorporated as Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, is a public research university and a constituent college of the federal University of London. It has six schools, 21 academic departments and approximately 10,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 100 countries. The campus is located west of Egham, Surrey, 19 miles from central London.
Royal Holloway, University of London is a world-class research institution that strives to develop innovative students into career-ready, world-changing graduates.
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Egham Campus - Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham Hill, Egham TW20 0EX, United Kingdom

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The campus is one of the most beautiful in the world with numerous teaching and study spaces, bars and cafés, high-quality accommodation, and sports facilities. All this is set in 135 acres of stunning parkland. Most teaching and social activity takes place on campus and this is where most undergraduates live in their first year, with the exception of Kingswood Hall (just a mile away). It is a friendly place, with a strong sense of community as new students soon become familiar faces.