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Local Government Studies PhD by Distance Learning

Local Government Studies PhD by Distance Learning

Key information
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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Local Government Studies

Course type

Research

Course Summary

Distance learning MPhil and PhD degrees in Local Government Studies offer the opportunity to pursue original research under the guidance of an academic supervisor in a more convenient manner for those unable to live and work on campus on a regular basis. We are particularly interested in receiving applications on the modernisation agenda, changing patterns of local governance, the impact of public policy changes, democracy, public participation and community involvement. Applications to study for research degrees on a part-time basis are welcomed. The only attendance requirements are that the student visits the university for two weeks each year for an organized programme of research training and/or supervision and is also present on campus for their final viva examination. Travel and accommodation costs for these events must be borne by the student. Distance learning does present challenges and applicants need to have a high capacity to work independently and in a disciplined fashion to pursue their research goals. However, the supervisory team are there to assist you and will draw up a training plan for each student to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to complete your thesis. We offer two types of research degree: the MPhil and PhD degrees are taken by research with a coursework element. We are particularly interested in receiving applications on the modernisation agenda, changing patterns of local governance, the impact of public policy changes, democracy, public participation and community involvement.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance

Duration

variable - to suit the learner

Start date

Contact University

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£4,270 full time fee; £2,135 part time fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£15,720 full time fee; £7,860 part time fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants for the distance learning PhD/MPhil must provide evidence of prior research experience and/or training suitable for their intended programme of study. When they apply, they are expected to consult with their supervisor who can assess their skills, background and capacity to undertake independent study at a distance. Besides formal qualifications, a key factor determining whether the Department decides to accept a candidate for either degree is the quality of his or her research proposal and its relevance to our own interests. Successful completion of a research thesis demands a high level of self-discipline, motivation and commitment to the subject of research. Great importance is placed on work experience, when relevant.

University information

Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham has been developing great minds, encouraging challenging debates and pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence for over 100 years. Over 14,000 students from over 150 countries choose to study at Birmingham, meaning you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community. 40% of this student population are postgraduates. Birmingham understands that you want to...more

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