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We offer four DPhil (PhD) programmes in English, all leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. These are degrees by research which require an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

DPhil students undertake supervised but independent research, at the end of which they submit a thesis of not more than 100,000 words embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others.  A DPhil thesis must embody an original contribution to the knowledge of the discipline either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach.

First all students are registered as MPhil students and at the end of the first year when their research proposal is assessed the decision is made on the conversion to the DPhil.

Preference areas of the DPhil thesis:

  • General management
  • Marketing
  • Finance, corporate banking, monetary policy
  • Development studies
  • Regional development
  • International Affairs, with particular regard to European and transatlantic affairs and CIS countries
  • History of Arts and Visual Culture

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

DPhil (PhD) in Art History

DPhil (PhD) in Business and Management

DPhil (PhD) in Economics

DPhil (PhD) in International Affairs