An increasing number of financial services industry professionals wish to undertake a PhD part-time. UCL welcomes this approach as it allows high-calibre candidates with a wealth of industry experience to participate in the programme.
UCL’s computer science department has considerable experience in managing part-time PhDs.
Part-time PhD applicants
Part-time study only works well when the candidate's job is closely aligned with their PhD topic.
Applicants for part-time PhDs typically have a masters degree and 3-5 years industry experience. They often occupy senior positions in their companies.
Part-time PhD applicants fall into three categories:
- Industry-professional working on scientific problems in their daily work
- Applicants who are committed to doing a PhD but are not in an appropriate job
- Applicants who do not appreciate the scientific requirements of a PhD.
We only accept the first category.
Part-time applicants are only accepted by UCL and not LSE or IC.
We employ a rigorous selection process:
- The applicant submits a standard PhD Form.
- Each applicant is matched with a principal and second supervisor.
- Once the applicant is interviewed and accepted, a 6-month trial is completed without formal registration.
- On successful completion of the trial, they are formally accepted on the PhD programme, and follow the normal UCL graduate school procedures.
Part-time PhDs do not qualify for funding. Please refer to the UCL fees page for information regarding prices.