The department offers the degrees of M Phil and Ph D by research. Normal entry qualifications are an appropriate Honours degree class 2.1 or better, and thus far no exceptions have been made. Stipulated minimum periods of study are 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time for M Phil, 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time for Ph D. Only in very exceptional circumstances will a candidate be admitted directly to Ph D, but a facility exists to allow a transfer from M Phil to Ph D where appropriate.
A candidate admitted to full-time study has no guarantee of financial support, and none is available at present. However in future the department will do its best to seek suitable scholarships, and will employ candidates as teaching assistants wherever possible. Any such support will be offered on a competitive basis