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How long does an UK PhD take?

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    I know in the U.S., it usually takes around 4-5 years.

    Can someone please enlight me with the answer to the question on the topic? Particularly in the fields of business and economics.
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    typically, it would take around 3 to 4 years...
    tho some do finish in 2.5 yrs!
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    3.5 years on average i think.
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    UK, full time, usually 3 years.
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    "Traditional" Mphil/PhD route = 3 years (6 part-time)
    "New Route" Research Masters/PhD = 4 years (8 part-time)

    Some hand it in earlier, some hand it in later. Many theses require changes after submission.
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    Well, traditional MPhil/PhD route is 4 years, when you take them both. However MPhil's aren't always necessary. A PhD is almost always a 3 year, solely research degree. It's basically the last 3 years of any US PhD. The first two years of a US PhD, the masters part, is condensed into one year in the UK.

    If you want to compare like with like, then a UK MA+PhD = 4 years (usually).
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    (Original post by Drogue)
    Well, traditional MPhil/PhD route is 4 years, when you take them both. However MPhil's aren't always necessary. A PhD is almost always a 3 year, solely research degree. It's basically the last 3 years of any US PhD. The first two years of a US PhD, the masters part, is condensed into one year in the UK.

    If you want to compare like with like, then a UK MA+PhD = 4 years (usually).
    no the mphil/phd route is 3 years - you originally register for the mphil and convert afterwards. it can take 4 years - it could take longer, but 3 years is fine.
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    Depends in what subject. All economics PhDs are 1+3, or +3 for people who already hold a masters (some universities (like Oxford) have a 2+2 route, with a 2 year masters and 2 years PhD). For some subjects you can do a straight +3, I admit, but not for many/most.
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    lots of ppl take more than 4 yrs...

    it depends
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    Most research bodies in the UK will fund you for 3 years. Most unis now require submission within 4 some 3.5. But some allow infinite amount of time (which was standard til a decade or so ago). However, you still can have over 4 years at most unis, so long as you have submitted you can take pretty much forever to defend.

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