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Research Degrees (M.Phil & Ph.D) in Catholic Studies.

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The Institute's Research Degree provision (M.Phil and Ph.D) is offered through Liverpool Hope University and offers supervision in programmes of research in the area of Catholic Studies, including history, literature, philosophy, spirituality, theology, Newman studies and religious education and catechesis. 

The requirement for entry to the doctoral programme is a Distinction at Masters level or a Merit at Masters level with distinction in the Dissertation element.

For overseas students Grade equivalents to this standard will be accepted.

Those accepted for a research degree devote at least twelve hours each week to study.  The researcher will have the guidance of two scholars, knowledgeable in the chosen field of research and with experience of research supervision. Students must attend an annual residential school of about 14 days which includes a short period at Liverpool Hope University. There are annually TWO residential events and students have the opportunity to choose the time frame suitable to their work commitments. These are in February/March and in June.  Students normally complete their research within four to five years.

The degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy will be awarded after the examining scholars have been assured that students have an appropriate level of knowledge in the field and are thoroughly competent in the work of independent research. This is done by the examination of a thesis of appropriate length and a viva voce oral examination.

The application process:

  1. Application forms can be obtained from Maryvale Institute. There is an initial administration fee of £85 to be paid with submission of forms.
  2. The application will be reviewed by the Maryvale Research Committee and students who pass this scrutiny will be interviewed (by Skype if needed).
  3. Successful applications will be forwarded to Liverpool Hope University for ratification of registered status.
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