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Want to study a PhD but don't have a Masters?

Our integrated PhD combines Masters level teaching with your chosen research direction in a 1+3+1 format. 

It's a great choice for international students with both MSc and PhD scholarships/funding, who will not have to apply for 2 Visas or exit and re-enter the country between programmes. Both international and UK/EU students may apply.

Year 1

Taught masters level modules are taken alongside students on our masters programmes.

Our research-led teaching supports you to fine tune your research ideas and discuss these with potential PhD supervisors.

You will gain a valuable introduction to academic topics, research methods, laboratory skills and the critical evaluation of research data. 

Your grades must meet our requirements in order to gain entry on to a PhD research programme. If not, you will receive the Masters degree only.

Years 2, 3 and 4

PhD programme with research/lab work, completing an examinable piece of independent research in year 4.

Year 5

Thesis write up.

All applicants must have full funding before starting their iPhD programme. It is not supported by University of Glasgow Scholarship/Funding. This is a full-time programme with no part-time option.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 upper second class degree. 

In special circumstances, other academic qualifications, professional qualifications or experience, may be recognised as equivalent.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification ( Duolingo, TEOFL)

How To Apply

Start by choosing a masters from our taught degree programmes A-Z [do not apply directly to a masters at this point].

Next, choose the research area (PhD) you’d like to progress to from our research opportunities A-Z

You do not need to submit a research proposal or contact a supervisor.

Gather your documents before you apply

  • Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document
  • Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document
  • One reference on headed paper (academic and/or professional).
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s) (Non-EU students only)
  • ONE reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme as asked for by the admissions department
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
  • No research proposal - not required
  • No CV - not required


When you apply:

  • Apply for the PhD you'd like to progress to from our research opportunities A-Z
  • In the research proposal box add 'I wish to study the MSc in (chosen subject) as the masters taught component of the iPhD'
  • For the supervisor name write 'iPhD'
  • Upload all of your documents

If you have any difficulty in choosing what is appropriate, please contact us at mvls-iphd@glasgow.ac.uk.

Remember, it is common for many students to change their mind about what PhD they want to study as they progress through their Masters.

Contact us

Before you apply

After you submit your application


Fees

For 2020-21 students outside of the UK/EU

1st year Masters = about £21920 (depending on the Masters programme)

2-4 years (3 years PhD) = about £21920

5th year (thesis write up) = no fees except for the exam-only/thesis-pending fee currently £160 for 20/21

Deposits - International applicants (from beyond the UK/EU) are required to pay a deposit of £1000 when an offer is made.

Total around = ca. £87680 + additional fees (bench fees)

*** Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only ***

 

For a UK/EU student for 20/21 entry:

1st year Masters = about £8500 (depending on the Masters programme)

2-4 years (3 years PhD) = about £4407 

5th year (thesis write up) = no fees except for the exam-only/thesis-pending fee currently £160 for 20/21

Total around = ca.£22,000 + additional fees (bench fees)

 

*** Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only ***

 


FAQs

  •  Does my degree qualify to apply for the course? 

    The normal standard of admission for a research student is a good First Class or Upper Second Class honours degree, 2:1, (GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant discipline. In special circumstances, other academic qualifications, professional qualifications or experience, may be recognised as equivalent. In addition, IELTS, where required, at 6.5 (with no component less than 6.0).
  • Are there any funding options for international students to cover the difference in fees? Like Commonwealth scholarship and the like?

    All applicants are expected to have full funding from external resources before starting their degree programme. An iPhD degree programme is not funded by the University of Glasgow.
  • When do the applications for the program open?

    Applications normally open the year before, at the start of October. For example, if you want to start in Sept 2021, you can start to apply from October 2020.

    Due to COVID-19 issues this may be different. Please contact us for details.
  • Do I need to write a research proposal before my application for the Integrated program as well?

    No, there’s no need to write a research proposal as you’ll be applying for a Masters in the first instance.
  • Do I need to contact potential supervisors even if I'm interested in the integrated PhD program?

    No, there’s no need to contact any potential supervisors at this stage as you’ll be applying for a Masters not a research degree. In the application form please write n/a next to the supervisor section.
  • Where do I write in my application what Masters I want to do?

    In the application you would normally have to enter a research title, this is where you can say what you want your taught Masters component to be instead.
  • What happens if after I study the taught Masters my GPA does not meet the university requirements?

    You will still get your Masters degree
  • I'm from the UK/EU, can I study an iPhD?

    Yes, both international and UK/EU students can follow this route. It's especially good for international students who come with MSc + PhD scholarships/funding so you don’t have to exit and re-enter the country, thereby preventing you from having to apply for 2 Visas. 

  • Is the iPhD studied over 4 years or 5 years?

    The iPhD is studied over 5 years in total. 
    • Year 1 - completion of taught masters level modules
    • Years 2 to 5 -  research degree including your thesis write up during the 5th year

  • Can I study part time?

    No you cannot. You have to undertake full time study throughout the full term of the iPhD programme.
  • Can I study the MSc part time and the PhD full time?

    No you cannot. You have to undertake full time study throughout the full term of the iPhD programme.
  • I got my Masters a few years ago, can I apply for an iPhD?

    Yes you can. Please go to a PhD web page and you'll see the apply button.