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Local Government Studies, PhD/MPhil

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #81 (QS) Birmingham, United Kingdom
The MPhil and PhD degrees in Local Government Studies from University of Birmingham are taken by research with a coursework element. Applications to study for research degrees on either a full- or part-time basis are welcomed.
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Overview

Career

In addition to the academic knowledge gained through this Local Government Studies from University of Birmingham, postgraduates from Birmingham’s Institute of Local Government Studies develop transferable skills that are useful in many occupations. These include familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large and diverse quantities of information; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; judging and evaluating complex information; and making reasoned arguments, both orally and in written work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      PhD – 3 years full-time; MPhil – 2 years full-time

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      PhD – 6 years part-time; MPhil – 4 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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General Requirements

  • Applicants for degrees by research should have at least a good Honours degree or equivalent academic qualification. Our normal policy is to register PhD applicants for an MPhil, and transfer them to PhD if their work is of an acceptable standard. If you have registered for the MSc you may, after nine months full-time (18 months part-time), apply to transfer to an MPhil or PhD.
  • You will need to show evidence of satisfactory progress with your thesis, and have provided an acceptable programme of further research. MPhil students may apply to transfer to a PhD by meeting similar conditions.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17580 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17580 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4380 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home/EU part time: £2,190/year

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • INLOGOV offers occasional teaching assistantships for those enrolled on a full-time research degree. These provide bursaries to cover living costs, payment of the fee and the opportunity to gain additional income through a limited amount of tutorial work.
  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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