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We offer four 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.

PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD.

You can find recommended PhD topics here

Entry requirements

  • First or second class, upper division Master's degree. Please attach your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon to your online application.

  • Sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal   Academic referee's report


If you wish to apply, please fill in our online electronic application form and upload your Master’s degree with official English translation, your passport copy and English language certificate (if you have one). Please attach your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon to your online application. 

The deadlines for receipt of a complete application form (including receipt of references) are as follows:

• September 2019 Entry Applications – 15 April 2019

• February 2020 Entry Applications – 15 October 2019

Please remember that applications submitted on the deadline are unlikely to be considered complete in time.

  September 2019 intakeFebruary 2020 intake
1.Deadline of application (complete package, submitting all necessary documents) + payment of application feeApril 15Oct 15
2.PhD application liaison  
1) Feedback of the Research Officer
(formal requirements; language skills; clear research topic) 
May 15Nov 15
2) initial opinion of at least one potential supervisorMay 15Nov 15
3) GTA interview (if applied for, see link)May 15Nov 15
3.Validation fee payment claim will be sent to PhD candidateMay 15Nov 15
4.Deadline for payment of validation fee (1200 euro)June 10Dec 10
5.Meeting of IBS Research Councilbw. June Dec 10-15
6.Decision of The University of Buckinghambw. June 15-22bw Dec 15-22
7A.Candidate is informed June 23Dec 23
a. positive decision  
tuition fee payment claim will be sent  to PhD candidateJune 30Dec 31
deadline for tuition fee payment
(minus validation fee, minus application fee)
July 15Jan 15
b. waiting list  
c. negative decision  
validation fee refundedwithin 15 dayswithin 15 days
7B.If accepted from waiting list, deadline for notificationJuly 15Jan 15
If accepted from waiting list, deadline for tuition fee paymentJuly 31Jan 31
7C.Accepted for current intake, but requested deferral, deadline of tuition fee payment (deferral max. six months, otherwise new application process starts)Jan 15July 15

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