Online Doctoral Programme

The Online Doctoral Programme is available across all subject areas at Salford and provides candidates with the opportunity to complete their PhD remotely on a full time basis.

Programme delivery

Throughout the programme you will engage in an on-line environment backed up by tutor support. Through the Salford portal you are able to download research materials, interact with tutors and fellow students, submit work and check assessment results.

Programme structure

  1. Learning Agreement (max. 3 months) - Provides the basis for the research to be conducted in the remainder of the programme.
  2. Literature Review (max. 8 months) - Builds up your knowledge in the subject and the specific area of your research. You should search all relevant literature in your research field using the facilities provided by local centres, the University of Salford's Library Services and web facilities.
  3. Research Package 1 (max. 6 months) - Implement empirical research techniques.
  4. Research Package 2 (max. 6 months) - Complete research objectives by following a plan of work. You will work independently and develop high levels of skill in the subject area.
  5. Testing (max. 3 months) - Validate the research results through a testing programme approved by the supervisor and local adviser.
  6. Writing up (max. 6 months) - Complete the proposed final thesis and prepare for the final exam at the University of Salford. You will be required to work out a detailed plan for delivering the various individual chapters of the thesis to the supervisors/local adviser.

Assessment and supervision
You will be allocated a Salford Supervisor and Co-Supervisor, and - where appropriate - a Local Advisor who is based in an academic institution, local to your country of residence.

Your main supervisor is an appointee from the University of Salford who retains overall control and direction of your study programme.

By mutual agreement a local adviser will be appointed from an external institution. The adviser(s) will normally have a PhD, and will be active in the proposed area of research.

Attendance at the University of Salford is compulsory only for Interim Assessment, Internal Evaluation and the Viva Voce (the final oral examaniation). There is no additional mandatory requirement to attend the University of Salford. However candidates may wish to attend on campus training workshops which are publicised in advance so that any vists to Salford may be timed accordingly. 

3 years

You may apply at anytime during the year. The programme has 3 intakes each year: January, April and October.

Applicants to the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences must note that online students are expected to attend the 'Getting Started' week, which runs in the first week in November and the first week in May; consequently they can only register in either the October or April cohorts.

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Make sure that you have electronic copies of all supporting documentation, such as transcripts, English language tests and research proposals. You will be prompted to attach these during the online application process.

You can check out research subject pages for lists of PhD subject areas.

For details on entry requirements, fees, and other support and advice please see our page on applying for postgraduate research degrees.