A PhD is the highest level of degree (level 8). It involves independent and original research into a specific field or subject – which is used to write a lengthy thesis that’s worthy of publication.   

Full-time PhDs will usually take three to four years to complete, while part-time courses are likely to last around six years and often involves the completion of a dissertation and a major research project. 

Most universities will require you to have both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree to get started with a PhD.  

You’ll receive a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) on completion of the course. Other types of Doctoral degrees include Higher Doctorates, New Route PhDs, and Professional Doctorates. Ph.D. graduates are qualified to work as experts in areas of business or research, and professors at the postsecondary level.