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Part Time PhD: What it is, Advantages and Where to Get One

Mon, 29 April, 2024

Balancing Work and Doctoral Studies for Career Advancement

Considering pursuing a PhD often conjures up images of full-time students devoting themselves entirely to their research and studies. However, a part-time PhD programme offers an alternative route for those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree while balancing work and other responsibilities.

How a part time PhD works and the advantages...

A part-time PhD programme typically allows students to continue working while they pursue their doctoral studies. This flexibility appeals to individuals who are already established in their careers or have other commitments that prevent them from dedicating themselves to a full-time programme.

One of the key advantages of a part-time PhD is the ability to apply the knowledge gained in the programme directly to one's professional career. Many part-time PhD students are able to integrate their research and coursework with their current job responsibilities, allowing them to immediately apply what they learn in a practical setting. Furthermore, a part-time PhD can provide a more gradual and manageable pace for those who may find the demands of a full-time programme overwhelming. This can lead to a more balanced approach to doctoral studies, reducing stress and allowing students to maintain their personal and professional commitments.

Another advantage is the potential for employer support. Some employers may be willing to provide financial assistance or flexible work arrangements to accommodate employees pursuing a part-time PhD. This support can make the pursuit of a doctoral degree more feasible for working professionals.

Additionally, a part time study may offer a more diverse cohort, with students bringing a wide range of professional experiences and perspectives to the academic environment. This diversity can enrich discussions and collaborations, providing a broader understanding of the practical applications of research.

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How long does a part time PhD take?

A part-time PhD is ideal for working professionals or for aspiring doctoral candidates seeking career advancement alongside work - individuals with family commitments, or those preferring a more gradual approach to doctoral studies. While a part-time PhD offers flexibility, it is important to acknowledge the long-term commitment it requires, typically from 5 to 7 years of dedicated time to complete a PhD. This requires strong time management skills and dedication to balance work, research, and personal life. Additionally, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa then it is important to consider the typically face limitations on work hours.

How are they funded?

The nature of being part time does create a valuable pathway for individuals seeking to balance doctoral studies with other commitments.There are a number of funding opportunities available that can help with the financial burden, however, the most important to note is that self-funding, is a common scenario. On the other hand, universities may offer scholarships and bursaries to part-time students. In addition to educational institutes, research councils, charities, trusts and industrial organisations aligned with your field of study might offer grants or studentships that can provide full or partial funding for your research project.

At NSIRC we offer two routes to fund a part-time PhD, either through self-funding or through your organisation. We encourage students to explore all available options to help offset the living costs of a part-time PhD, making this challenging but rewarding academic pursuit more accessible.

Where can I find one?

At NSIRC we offer a Part-Time PhD in Innovation and Management. This exciting new programme with the award-winning Anglia Ruskin University is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in the field of innovation and management.

NSIRC is just one of many institutions offering part time PhD opportunities. If you want to find a Ph.D. that fits your schedule and career goals, be sure to do your research and explore all your options.

A part-time PhD programme offers a flexible and practical approach to earning a doctoral degree while balancing work and other responsibilities. It allows students to apply their learning directly to their professional careers, offers a more manageable pace, and may even receive support from their employers. This makes it an attractive option for individuals seeking to advance their education without putting their careers on hold.

Photo: Unsplash / Chris Boland
Photo: Unsplash / Chris Boland