Research students on the distance learning programme are expected to be able to spend around 10-15 hours per week over the duration of their course (some research students use holiday periods for this).
There is no difference between the distance learning PhD qualification and the campus based equivalent and both degrees are recognised internationally.
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Minimum- Four Years
Maximum – Seven Years
There is no difference between the distance learning PhD qualification and the campus based equivalent and both degrees are recognised internationally and no distinction of mode of study is made on the degree certificate.
All distance learning PhD research students are allocated two personal supervisors who will help you plan and manage your research and develop your understanding of relevant research methodology.
You’ll keep in touch with your supervisor through regular supervisory meetings provided online or by telephone.
Research Skills Training
We offer training in a range of skills which we consider that every Leicester PhD in the School of Law should have. You will be required to complete the following training during your probation period:
Participation in a training week in November on ‘The Foundations of a PhD in Law’. For distance learning students, we strongly recommend attendance at this training week in the first year of study.
Participation in a training week in January on ‘Approaches to Legal Research’. For part-time and distance-learning students, it is desirable that this is taken after the ‘Foundations’ training week, in the first or second year of study.
A presentation at the School’s Graduate Conference, which takes place between April and June each year. We recommend that PhD researchers attend the Graduate Conference each year, if possible.
During your training visits to the University, you will have face-to-face meetings with your supervisors. You will also meet other research students in the School, both campus-based and distance learners.
Alongside this core training, distance learners have access to a range of online resources and materials to help you:
develop an effective working relationship with your supervisor
develop your broader academic writing skills including related concepts such as referencing and avoiding plagiarism
plan and manage the writing of your thesis and prepare for the viva exam
You’ll also have access to the University Library’s online resources for distance learning researchers including remote access to some 18,000 electronic journals, books, and databases.
Distance learning PhD research students are registered on probation for the first twenty-four months of their degree. Over this period you will complete your research skills training and your overall suitability for a PhD programme will be monitored.
At the end of this period your progress will be assessed and, subject to this being satisfactory, you can then continue with your degree.
You will be required to visit Leicester both for your probation review and for your viva exam at the end of your degree. You are not required to visit Leicester at any other time, but distance learners are welcome to do so should they wish to:
meet their supervisor or fellow researchers
use facilities such as the University Library
attend training sessions or other University events for researchers
Applications and Further Details
Applications for the distance learning PhD can be submitted online and should include a full research proposal:
Search our staff research interests to make sure we offer PhD supervision in the area you want to work in
Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing. We also require a sample of your writing. The writing sample can either be sent with the application or emailed in separately see link for further details.
Prepare your supporting documents
Submit your online application
If you have any questions about the distance learning PhD or about PhD supervision in the School of Law, please contact us on 0556941379 / 0244565928 / 0205601932, email@example.com or visit our resource centre on the 7th Floor of the Heritage Tower Building, Ridge Accra..