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Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall 2013 Swansea University Doctorate Program at UCO

Jan. 22, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


 The Swansea University doctorate program at the University of Central Oklahoma will accept applications through March 1 for the fall 2013 semester, and will host an informational meeting for prospective students at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12. 

The program gives students the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree from Swansea University, located in Wales, U.K., while completing research and working with faculty at Central.           

Students in the program enroll in both institutions for one fee and research and write their dissertations under the local supervision of a member of Central’s faculty who works in collaboration with the main faculty supervisor from Swansea.

Interested students are encouraged to attend the Feb. 12 informational meeting in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 211. Attendees can ask questions and gain a greater understanding the Ph.D. program.

Richard Bernard, Ph.D., dean of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies at Central, co-directs the program with Robert Rhys, professor and director of Swansea’s Center for Graduate Study in the Arts and Humanities. 

“The program seeks well prepared, liberal arts students, wanting to try graduate work but unable to move and limited by concerns about time and costs.  This program puts standard Ph.D. degrees within their reach,” said Bernard.

The Swansea Ph.D., programed like other U.K. and European doctoral programs, is a research- intensive degree based on the production of an 80,000 – 100,000 word (about 300 pages) dissertation. The program requires no regular classes, no online classes, no minor fields, and no additional languages or statistics or other requirements, unless needed for the students’ research.

“The double-supervision by Swansea and Central’s faculty members and the thesis-only requirement for graduation, together with high Swansea standards, make it possible for Oklahomans to earn accepted standard, doctorate degrees in only three years time from a well-established, traditional British university,” added Bernard.

Students applying for the program must have completed their master’s degrees and may study any field of study offered by both the Central’s College of Liberal Arts and the Swansea College of Arts and Humanities. 

The program costs approximately $14,500 per year before any credits or financial aid, and includes a trip to Swansea at the start and end of a student’s work to meet with his or her faculty supervisor and to ultimately defend his or her thesis. 

The program is in its third year at Central.

More information about the program and details about the admission process are available at or by contacting Elise Marrs, manager of graduate operations, at 405-974-3494 or