Studying for a PhD in CLS

If you are interested in applying for a PhD at CLS, please contact Alice Sullivan at

As an MPhil or PhD student at CLS, you will follow a programme of study under the guidance of an appointed supervisor and an advisory panel. At the start of the programme, you will draw up a plan for your research in consultation with your supervisor for completion of your thesis within the period of registration for the degree. This will include your research methods training programme. Your work plan and training programme will be reviewed annually in light of your research needs and progress.

As part of your PhD training, in your first and second years you will follow a research training programme which consists of core courses (these provide a broad coverage of the central skills and ethical and methodological issues of research) and specialist and advanced courses (which provide greater depth in specialised skills, building on the knowledge gained from the core courses).

Who is this course for?

The PhD is intended to enable you to produce your own thesis and to develop a range of research and other generic skills. PhD students come from all walks of life, and include recent graduates and professionals. Some are just starting their careers, many are senior members of their profession. Our students undertake research in a wide range of subjects - see possible topics and registered students for more information.

How are candidates assessed?

Your PhD will be assessed by thesis supplemented by an oral examination. The maximum length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words.

Entry requirements

For PhD and MPhil studies, the normal minimum requirement is an upper second-class honours degree from a recognised university, or a professional graduate qualification accepted by the UCL Institute of Education as equivalent. In addition, candidates should normally have at least two years' full-time (or the part-time equivalent) relevant experience. The majority of our successful applicants also hold a postgraduate Master's degree with good grades.