Under the Split PhD scheme you may be permitted to carry out some of your research abroad, either in the field or at an overseas institution.

Arrangements are normally confined to institutions with which the College has established links and in cases where the research problem requires local fieldwork, for example, the study of a particular aspect of geology or biology.

If your proposal for a Split PhD is approved, you will be required to be in physical attendance at the College for a minimum of 12 months out of the normal 36 months duration of a PhD programme.

If you wish to apply for a split PhD you are advised to first discuss this with the Imperial department of interest at the admissions stage. Please be aware that not all departments in the College will necessarily entertain applications for a split PhD.

If the department is open to a Split PhD proposal, you should submit a covering note with your application explaining why it would be advantageous not to pursue your proposed research project wholly at Imperial, together with a copy of your local supervisor’s CV.

If your Split PhD proposal is approved, the department will advise you of the next steps to progress your application. You can also find more information about Split PhD's on the How to apply section of our website.