Doctorates / Ph.D.

A PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, is the highest academic degree a student can obtain. It’s earned through extensive research on a specific topic, demonstrating expertise and contributing new knowledge to the field. 

A PhD involves: 

  • Extensive research on a specific topic
  • Demonstrating expertise
  • Contributing new knowledge to the field
  • Writing a thesis offering an original contribution to your subject
  • Developing critical knowledge and understanding of a particular research area


A PhD normally takes between three and four years of full-time work to complete. It is usually required for the student to hold an Honours degree or a Master’s degree with high academic standing, in order to be considered for a PhD program. 

A PhD is typically an academic degree, while a doctorate can be either academic or professional. 
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