Philanthropic Studies (PhD)

the United Kingdom

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PhD

How long you will study
36 Months

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full-time

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About Philanthropic Studies at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury


There is no better time to begin a PhD in Philanthropic Studies, and no better place to do it than with the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent.

The academic field of Philanthropic Studies has grown rapidly in recent years, with demand for qualified PhD graduates outstripping current supply. 

Whether you hope to embark on a research career, a teaching career, or wish to remain in practice as a philanthropy professional after completing a doctoral thesis, we can help you achieve your goals. 

Our qualified PhD supervisors at Kent have a background in practice before moving into academia. All of our completed doctoral students have secured jobs that make use of their doctoral qualification. 

Whilst we have a preference for those able to commit to full-time doctoral study, we can supervise people based anywhere in the world, and are open to exploring proposals from part-time candidates.

The team at Kent is led by Dr Beth Breeze - author of the annual ‘Million Pound Donor Report’, co-author of Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give, and frequent contributor to charity sector and media debates.

If you are interested in joining a thriving doctoral community, and being supervised by leading names in the field, then please get in touch: studyLSSJ@kent.ac.uk

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Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

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