Registration dates: Four registration dates: October / January / April / July.
Fees (2017/8 on campus programme):
Fees (2018/9 on campus programme):
Home/EU fees are subject to a slight increase each year. International fees are fixed for the duration of the programme.
During year one of the programme (or years one and two for part time students) research students must complete the research methods training modules and work towards submission of the Qualifying Report examination. The Qualifying Report is between 6,000 and 10,000 words and is a summary on the progress of a student’s research. Assessment is conducted through a viva voce examination whose purpose is not only to ascertain a student’s academic potential but also to provide independent advice on a student’s research. Students who are successful in the Qualifying Report examination then follow the full PhD programme route through to submission of the final thesis. PhD students have three years full time or six years part time from their research start date in which to submit the thesis. Examination of the thesis is via a viva voce examination and successful students after this stage receive Aston’s ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ research degree.
Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:
The Research Proposal (8-12 pages)
You are required to:
Your understanding of the subject at an appropriate level and highlight the scope for doctoral research Your expected outcome (e.g. descriptive, explanatory, pedagogic) Which field the research will contribute to
3. Demonstrate an awareness of an appropriate research tradition (or paradigm) which will provide a focus for your project4. Show a basic understanding of at least one appropriate theoretical model that will be used to analyse data for your study5. Draft a plan (in line with 3 and 4 above) of how the research will be carried out over the time allowed.
Organisation of the Proposal:
Contacting a supervisor
Finding an appropriate supervisor who is an expert in your chosen area of research is an essential part of the application process. We recommend that you look at the research centre pages and staff directory pages which will enable you to determine whether there is a good match between your research interests and LSS.
If there is a member of staff whose research interest matches your own, we recommend that you contact them directly with a copy of your research proposal and discuss this further with them. In addition to contacting a prospective supervisor you also need to submit a formal application. If you are successful in identifying a supervisor through this method it is essential that you indicate this on your application form. Please be advised that a formal decision on your application can only be made once the formal application has been submitted via the online form.
Mr Dan Thomson, LSS Research Manager Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3972