DOCTORAL STUDY AT AUN

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree program offered at AUN. It involves four years of full-time study and research under the guidance and expertise of an academic department. The PhD program is aimed at those who already have proven knowledge in their chosen field and wish to pursue their interest to the most advanced level. It is also a requisite qualification for anyone seeking to pursue an academic or research career.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest degree program offered at AUN. It involves four years of full-time study and research under the guidance and expertise of an academic department. The PhD program is aimed at those who already have proven knowledge in their chosen field and wish to pursue their interest to the most advanced level. It is also a requisite qualification for anyone seeking to pursue an academic or research career.

A PhD involves researching and writing an original dissertation of up to 100,000 words to make a new contribution to knowledge.  The PhD dissertation either presents important new information or interprets existing information in an important new, or more nuanced way.

The first two years generally involves selected coursework to prepare you for your research.  Then under the guidance of experts in your field, you independently undertake an original research that culminates in the dissertation.

We have world-class experts in various fields. Please visit the graduate school website for a list of our distinguished faculty and their areas of research interest.

Research training at AUN takes place at three main levels:

  1. Through your formal courses.
  2. Through regular consultation with your supervisors.
  3. Through regular research seminars and tutorials organized by the Graduate School. Details of the graduate research seminar will be provided through email and on notice boards in the PhD Study Rooms.

All the above trainings are complementary to your independent study and research. One does not replace the other. As a research student, we expect that you will be an integral part of the intellectual life of your department and school. Please refer to the PhD Handbook for more information.

We are particularly interested in recruiting intellectually strong, highly motivated, and talented graduates.   Entry requirements include a first or upper second class bachelor’s degree and master’s level degree in a relevant discipline. A strong 2:2 with cognate experience may also be considered.

The research proposal is the most important part of the doctoral application and must be considered very carefully. The proposal allows us to assess your strength (other than through your academic qualifications), the suitability of the proposed research and the availability of experts to supervise the work.   To be clear, the proposal should give us an opportunity to:

  1. assess the candidate’s knowledge of the subject,
  2. match the proposed research with the appropriate experts/supervisors,
  3. assess whether we have the expertise needed to supervise the work
  4. develop the rightly tailored support to help the student succeed.

The proposal should contain a 3,000 - 5,000-word explanation of the proposed research, stating why the research is of value. The content of a doctoral proposal may vary considerably, but must generally contain the following elements: 

A PhD involves researching and writing an original dissertation of up to 100,000 words to make a new contribution to knowledge.  The PhD dissertation either presents important new information or interprets existing information in an important new, or more nuanced way.

The first two years generally involves selected coursework to prepare you for your research.  Then under the guidance of experts in your field, you independently undertake an original research that culminates in the dissertation.

We have world-class experts in various fields. Please visit the graduate school website for a list of our distinguished faculty and their areas of research interest.

Research training at AUN takes place at three main levels:

  1. Through your formal courses.
  2. Through regular consultation with your supervisors.
  3. Through regular research seminars and tutorials organized by the Graduate School. Details of the graduate research seminar will be provided through email and on notice boards in the PhD Study Rooms.

All the above trainings are complementary to your independent study and research. One does not replace the other. As a research student, we expect that you will be an integral part of the intellectual life of your department and school. Please refer to the PhD Handbook for more information.

We are particularly interested in recruiting intellectually strong, highly motivated, and talented graduates.   Entry requirements include a first or upper second class bachelor’s degree and master’s level degree in a relevant discipline. A strong 2:2 with cognate experience may also be considered.

The research proposal is the most important part of the doctoral application and must be considered very carefully. The proposal allows us to assess your strength (other than through your academic qualifications), the suitability of the proposed research and the availability of experts to supervise the work.   To be clear, the proposal should give us an opportunity to:

  1. assess the candidate’s knowledge of the subject,
  2. match the proposed research with the appropriate experts/supervisors,
  3. assess whether we have the expertise needed to supervise the work
  4. develop the rightly tailored support to help the student succeed.

The proposal should contain a 3,000 - 5,000-word explanation of the proposed research, stating why the research is of value. The content of a doctoral proposal may vary considerably, but must generally contain the following elements: