Research Degrees

We offer MPhil and PhD degrees in our areas of expertise.

Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field. 

With guidance from our expert supervisors, you will carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Broadly speaking the areas covered by ULIP’s expertise are Urban Studies, Modern and Contemporary History of France and Francophone World, Colonial and Postcolonial History and Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Contemporary Visual Culture, Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, International Politics, Climate Policy and Social Justice. 

This programme is managed in partnership with the School of Advanced Study. Students are registered at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) as SAS students, but will undertake study on-campus in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) with supervision delivered by ULIP. 

Please see current post-graduate research and areas of supervisory expertise.

Course details

Entry requirements

We offer two University of London research degrees - the MPhil and the PhD in our areas of expertise.  

Candidates must have at least a first degree at Honours level (minimum upper second class, or mention 'assez bien') in a subject relevant to the area of research. A taught postgraduate degree to Masters level is recommended prior to undertaking post-graduate research. 

Degree structure

The MPhil involves a minimum of two years (equivalent to six terms) of study, and a dissertation of up to 60,000 words. The PhD is awarded after a minimum of three years (equivalent to nine terms) of study for a dissertation of up to 100,000 words. Both degrees can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Our research degrees usually start in September or January, although start dates can be flexible. 

In common with most UK universities, you will initially be registered for an MPhil degree and be expected to transfer to the PhD programme during your second year, on meeting the formal requirements for progression/upgrade. 

A successful MPhil dissertation is either a record of original work in a Iimited area or an ordered and critical exposition of existing knowledge in a field. A successful PhD dissertation must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality either in the discovery of new facts, or by the exercise of independent critical power, or both. 

Fees and funding

Standard UK fees apply; for full-time research, fees are reduced in proportion for part-time students. 

Full-time fees for 2020-21 are: 

  • UK student: £6,130 
  • International student: £15,500 

Part-time fees for 2020-21 are: 

  • UK student: £3,600 
  • International student: £9,300 

Find out more about fees and funding.

Alumni Discount  

If you hold a degree from the University of London Institute in Paris, you are eligible for a discount on future courses. To find out more, please contact us. 

If you progress to a further degree without a break, you will receive a 15% discount, otherwise you will receive a 10% discount. Further details are available in the SAS Tuition Fee Policy

How to apply

Before submitting an application you are advised to contact a member of academic staff who has interests in your proposed field of study to discuss your proposal. View a list of academic staff and their interests.

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Guidelines on drafting your research proposal. 

Note: in accordance with regulations research students will be registered for the MPhil degree in the first instance. Upgrading to PhD will be considered in the second year for full-time students and in the third or fourth year for part-time students.Candidates will normally receive an initial response to their application within 28 working days. Those who have been formally interviewed will normally be informed within one week as to whether they are to be offered a place. 

Please apply by clicking the links to the appropriate online application form for the October 2020 session. 

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