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The Programme

Postgraduate programmes

Master of Arts (MA)

The degree of Master of Arts (MA) is awarded on the basis of the submission of a thesis, and may be awarded in any of the thirty–two subjects in the MA Schedule, including English and History. The student must write a thesis of approximately 40,000 words under the supervision of two members of staff. It normally takes one year full time (or the equivalent part time) to complete. The degree may be awarded with distinction or credit. Further information on the Master of Arts is available on the University Website.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded on the basis of the submission of a thesis. The thesis should give evidence of the candidate's ability to carry out original and independent research, making a significant contribution to knowledge in the chosen field. At least some of the work in the thesis should be worthy of publication. The topic should be of a kind which a diligent and competent student might reasonably be expected to complete within three years of full-time study. The PhD programme may be commenced at any time of the year. Further information on the PhD is available on the University Website.

It is expected that most Scottish Studies postgraduates will be working in the disciplines of History or English. For information on postgraduate entry requirements and admissions procedures in History, click here. For information on postgraduate entry requirements and admissions procedures in English, click here.

Christopher Aubrey, View of Knox Church

Christopher Aubrey, View of Knox Church, 1876. Image reproduced with permission from the Hocken Pictorial Collections, University of Otago Library (92/1504).

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