Swansea University Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

WHICH RESEARCH DEGREE? The University offers a number of research degrees, including: PhD: PhD students undertake supervised research over three to four years full-time or six to seven years part-time. Research is then presented in the form of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capacity to pursue original research and should represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject. The first year of registration for a PhD is a period of official probation, requiring departmental assessment before the candidate is allowed to proceed. MPhil: May be completed in two to three years’ full-time study (four to five years part-time). Candidates are required to submit a thesis of up to 60,000 words and assessment is in the form of an oral examination (viva). Subject to academic requirement, there may be opportunities for students to upgrade from MPhil to PhD during the course of their studies. MA/MSc by Research: Typically one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up into a thesis of 30,000 words. MRes: The aim of the MRes (Master of Research) is to provide relevant training to acquire the

which presents the outcome of a significant research project (worth 120 credits). DBA: The Management DBA typically is a four year, part-time programme, consisting of six modules, plus a thesis. Each module is structured around a three-day intensive teaching block, plus a variety of online support from the teaching teams and doctoral supervisors. EdD: The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) offers students the opportunity to approach issues in education in a professional and critical manner at doctoral level. (For course information – see page 85). EngD: The Engineering Doctorate provides graduates with the skills and experience to become industry and academic leaders and is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The four year doctorate research programme consists of an industry led research project that is complimented with taught technical, research and professional skills-based modules that are assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments and examinations. ‘Research Engineers’ conduct their research in collaboration with an industrial partner and Swansea University, the project is written up into a thesis of not more than 100,000 words and assessed via an oral (viva voce) examination.

IS A RESEARCH DEGREE RIGHT FOR ME? Yes, if you want to: • Pursue a career in academia or research • Explore an individual topic in depth • Acquire extensive and specialised research skills • Enhance your career prospects Find out more about the range of university, faculty and student research communities you can get involved with as a postgraduate research student: s wansea.ac.uk/research/ research-with-us/ postgraduate-research HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? The Postgraduate Admissions Office is happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. For further information please email:  pgradmissions@ swansea.ac.uk

knowledge, techniques and understanding needed for a professional career, or for

progression to higher academic studies, normally a PhD. The MRes is achieved through a combination of taught modules (worth 60 credits) and a research thesis


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