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Welcome to the Warburg Institute’s Mphil/PhD Programme.

Full-time study for the PhD degree entails three or a maximum of four years' independent research, culminating in the writing of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words. Part-time students complete the same programme in five, or a maximum of six years. After submission of the thesis, the student attends an oral examination conducted by an internal examiner, from the University of London, and an external examiner, normally from another British university.

There is no formal coursework, but PhD students are expected to participate in the weekly seminar on Work in Progress and to present a paper every year from their second year onwards. In their first year they are able to opt-in to attend weekly a class on Techniques of Scholarship; they may register for language classes (at a discounted fee rate) and other research training courses as necessary. They are encouraged to participate in the regular seminars held at the Institute during the academic year.

Full details about your programme regulations and milestones
List of Student Forms, Policies and Documents

For further dates and submission deadlines, please consult your course handbook.

  • PhD Handbook (to be published shortly)

Autumn Term plans

We are planning for the Library and Institute to be open in the autumn term but that there will be some social distancing restrictions still in place. In light of this we plan to deliver your supervision sessions in person. It is likely that the programme of training and events that Doctoral Centre at the School of Advanced Study offers to support research students will be mostly online, with the possibility of more in-person events as the year progresses.

The Warburg Library will continue to have bookable seats for those students wishing to use it and we plan to continue to offer bookable quiet study spaces in other areas of the Institute for our students to use. Throughout the pandemic we have offered the Warburg Institute community an exciting events programme online and we plan to continue to keep the majority of our events programme online for the autumn term.

For those activities that we plan to hold in-person we will work with the University of London Health and Safety team to following the latest government guidelines and regulations and will ensure they are implemented in the Institute, particularly in regard to ventilation, cleaning, hand hygiene, contact tracing, testing and isolation. For any students who have accessibility needs with regards to online learning, we will ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to facilitate your learning.

It isn’t currently clear what travel restrictions, visa delays or other restrictions associated with the pandemic will be in place at the start of the next academic year. If you are affected by such restrictions, we will do what we can to support you to study remotely for the autumn term.

As we are sure you are aware, things can change very quickly with regards to government advice and restrictions. In the worst-case scenario of another lockdown, all teaching and learning would be moved online and access to the Warburg Institute and the libraries restricted in line with Government guidance. However, we know from the past year that even under these extremely difficult circumstances, we can still deliver access to library resources and support our community of research students using online tools.  We will update you regularly with any changes to these plans as we get nearer to the start of the term and things become clearer.