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Guidance and Regulations

Length of study

City, University of London sets minimum and maximum periods of registration for a research degree. These vary according to the award being sought and whether studies are on a full-time or part-time basis. As a guide, the minimum period of registration for a full-time PhD is two years and the maximum period is four years, including any periods of writing-up.


The award of a PhD or other doctoral degree requires the submission of a thesis for examination at a viva voce (oral examination) by two examiners, at least one of whom is external to the institution. The length of the thesis will vary according to the subject discipline but, as a guide, a PhD thesis may be up to 100,000 words in length and an MPhil up to 50,000 words.

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