PhD Structure

Real Estate & Planning - PhD Structure

A PhD is usually taken on a full-time basis over 3 years. A part-time option, taking a minimum of four years, is also available. On a full time basis, the PhD Programme starts in September at the beginning of the academic year. However, if necessary for your training, you may be required to come to the University earlier to attend some preparatory courses.

Year 1

During your first year of studies, you will be required to:

  • Pass at least 60 credits from PhD/Masters level courses in Research Methods* and other modules required for your area of concentration (to be decided with your PhD supervisor and approved by the PhD Director);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • attend three teaching modules (if recipient of one of the Studentships);
  • participate in the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • organise periodical meetings with your supervisor(s).

At the end of your year, you will submit a research proposal that will be defended in front of the Faculty and will be assessed by an independent internal examiner. This process will coincide with your confirmation of registration and, if successful, it will grant you the status of PhD candidate.

Year 2

During your second year of studies you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation;
  • Hold periodical meetings with your supervisor(s);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Participate in the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • Prepare a poster for the annual PhD day organised by the Department;
  • Present a poster/paper at a national/international conference;
  • Contribute to teaching and research activities (if recipient of a Studentship).

Year 3

During your third year of studies, you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation to prepare the final submission;
  • Hold periodical meetings with your supervisor(s);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Participate in and present a paper at the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • Present a paper/chapter at the annual PhD day organised by the Department;
  • Present a poster/paper at one or more international conferences;
  • Contribute to teaching and research activities (if recipient of a Studentship).

* First year students are asked to attend a combination of at least 2 courses from the Graduate School (of 2/3 hours each) and to pass a total of 60 credits. In particular:

  • A 20 credit module focusing on literature review to be chosen between Understanding Management and Financial Research (quantitative stream) and Introduction to Thesis Literature Review (qualitative stream);
  • A 20 credit module in either Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or Advanced Qualitative Research Methods depending upon the stream (quantitative or qualitative respectively);
  • Other modules (level 7 or above, equivalent to 20 credits) in research methods or subjects relevant for the specific area of research (and chosen within Henley Business School or other Schools);
  • A no credit bearing module focusing on Basic Qualitative Research Methods or Basic Quantitative Research Methods  depending upon the stream (quantitative or qualitative respectively).