PhD by Research

An independent study

  • Research
  • Full/ Part Time
  • 3/6 Years
  • Start Sept 19

What is a PhD?

Our PhD by research programme is based on independent study, guided by your assigned supervisors and support system. It typically takes a minimum of three years to complete full-time, or a minimum of five years when studied part-time.
Under the guidance of your academic supervisors, and support from University Staff you would be expected to undertake unique research in your chosen field before submitting your thesis. Your thesis must show the ability to conduct an original investigation, to test ideas, to understand the relationship of the theme to the wider field of knowledge, and to organise material appropriately.

As your PhD progresses, you move through a series of progression points and review stages. This ensures that you are engaged in a process of research that will lead to the production of a high-quality thesis that will make a significant original contribution to knowledge, as well as ensuring that you are on track to complete. Following submission of your PhD thesis, you have a viva voce (oral) examination assessed by experts in your field.

What we can provide?

When you become a University of Gibraltar PhD Researcher, you will be provided with a range of facilities and support structures to assist you in your research studies. These facilities include:

  1. Your Primary and Secondary supervisors; locally and internationally- based
  2. Use of the University of Gibraltar premises, with access to relevant Associate Campuses;, including The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, The Gibraltar Museum and The Gibraltar Garrison Library;
  3. Access to specialist equipment where applicable;
  4. Taught courses to complement and support main research themes
  5. A collegiate atmosphere within which to undertake your research

Entry Profile

Our degrees are available to those who want to pursue their studies through conventional research. The doctoral programme is normally open to anyone who:

  • holds a recognised Masters degree; or
  • has a good honours degree and research or professional experience at postgraduate level

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you are required to have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language skills:

  • An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.
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Funding and Support

International Funding

The University of Gibraltar is a proud host of a Commonwealth Scholarship Award. Further details coming soon.

Local Funding

Department for Education – Gibraltar residents are able to apply for discretionary funding from the Government of Gibraltar’s Department for Education. For further details please visit them at 23 Queensway Gibraltar or contact them on or 200 77468.

How to Apply


You will be expected to submit an online application alongside your research proposal.


Research Themes

You are free to develop your specific research proposal within our priority research themes.



Our Research Committee will consider any proposal on merit, quality, relevance and value to Gibraltar.



Programme Home International
Full/ Part Time £6,100 £13,300

Note: Above fees are applicable to the 2019/2020 Academic year and are payable per annum. Fees are subject to indexation.
Additional bench/lab fees may be applicable in some cases. Please enquire for further details.


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