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Postgraduate Research Handbook

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Programme Length

3 years full time with 1 year submission pending period if approved by the PGR Director.


Induction Slides

Can be found here 

Programme Structure

Your PhD at Alliance MBS is an individual combination of these three key elements:

Supervised research

Throughout your PhD you will be planning, executing, analysing and writing up your research.  You will commence work on your research from the start of your PhD. Your research work will be complemented and supported by a comprehensive research training programme during your first year.  

More details on how your research is supervised and supported can be found here.

Research training

You will follow a structured programme of research training in the first year, which complements your developing research. During your first year, you will spend around 60% of your time developing the advanced research and transferable skills and specialist knowledge that you will need to plan your doctoral research. Further training opportunities are available throughout the programme, from AMBS and other providers. You are encouraged to regularly review your training needs and to take advantage of relevant opportunities to enhance your research skills.

More details on the AMBS Research Training Programme can be found here.

Researcher development

This is the emphasis is on the personal and professional skills required to produce a high quality PhD, as well as the career development that will enhance employability and the ability to make the most of opportunities that arise. Many of the training and development opportunities offered outside the formal research training programme are linked to the Researcher Development Framework.

More details on the Researcher Development Framework can be found here.

Programme Rules

The rules governing the PhD are embodied in the Ordinances and Regulations and the University’s Code of Practice for PGR Degrees.  You are also bound by the University’s General Regulations.

More details on the policies and regulations that govern your programme can be found here.