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Want to study an integrated PhD?

Want to study a PhD but don't have a Master's?

An integrated PhD (iPhD) allows you to study a Masters degree subject with no exams, over two semesters, followed by automatic enrolment on to a research degree, after some discussion with a proposed supervisor. Please don't confuse this with a Masters by Research (MSc Research).

Sound interesting? Here’s how it works…. 

  • First, choose a Masters degree as a precursor to your eventual PhD. You don’t need to contact any supervisors at this point and you don’t need to write a research proposal.
  • Second, have an idea of what research area you’d like to progress in to and put that on your application. Bear-in-mind this may change as you progress through your Masters, and that’s okay.
  • Last, if you don’t have funding, there are various options you may be able to apply to here. But please take note, they are very competitive, so you may want to search for external funding in areas outside of the University also.

Here is a breakdown of the process over the course of your studies:

Year 1: Taught Masters degree over two semesters followed by discussion/identification of research ideas with potential PhD supervisors in the third semester.

Year 2 - 4: PhD research degree begins in area of chosen research and examinable piece of independent research is completed by end of the programme.

Follow our step-by-step process below to start your application:

Choose a Masters

Follow this link to choose a taught Masters programme, not a Masters by Research (MSc Research).

If you have any difficulty in choosing what is appropriate, please contact us at mvls-iphd@glasgow.ac.uk and we’ll get you some help.

You do not need to contact a supervisor or write a research proposal at this stage.


Before you apply

  • Check you meet the entry requirements before you do anything - The normal standard of admission for a research student is a good first class or upper second class honours degree (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).
  • Get your documents in order and ready for uploading to your online application.
  • You do not need to contact a supervisor or write a research proposal at this stage.

Documents required

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • 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 (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Tuition and additional fees

  • Tuition fees for 2020-21
  • Home and EU - Full-time fee: FROM £8500
  • International - Full-time fee: FROM £21920
  • Deposits - International applicants (from beyond the EU) are required to pay a deposit of £1000 when an offer is made.

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


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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 (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?

    If you don’t have funding, this link has various options you may be able to apply to. But please take note, they are very competitive, so you may want to search for external funding in areas outside of the University also: https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/

    Example: Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme
  • 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 2020, you should be able to enrol in October 2019.
  • 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.