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EF  Pre-PhD Program
EF  Pre-PhD Program

EF Pre-PhD Program

Secure guaranteed university placement on a top-ranked Pre-PhD program following an intensive preparation program that develops essential academic knowledge.
30 Lessons / week
(40 minutes each lesson)
  • Length:
    6 months / 9* months / 11* months (*only available to EU passport holders)
  • Start Date:
    September / January / April
  • English requirement:
    11-month program: IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 410 PBT/ 180 CBT/ 62 IBT, EF SET B2.1 or the equivalent on the free EF UPiBT test. / - 9-month program: IELTS 5.5, TOEFL 525 PBT/ 194 CBT/ 71 IBT, EF SET B2.2 or the equivalent on the free EF UPiBT test / 6-month program: IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550 PBT/ 213 CBT/ 81 IBT, EF SET B2.3 or the equivalent on the free EF UPiBT test. For the UK, a SELT (Secure English Language Test) is required in order to obtain a visa.
  • Result:
    Guaranteed admission to a PhD degree program in the UK.

The course helps students developing a full PhD proposal to be submitted to potential supervisors. From the literature review to the methodology, the Pre-PhD tutor will guide students through the full development of the proposal.

Students receive intensive classroom tuition over the course of their three or four terms. In addition, they are expected to carry out significant autonomous self-study in order to complete homework tasks and write their thesis proposal and literature review.

Entry language requirements:

  • EFSET C1 - due to visa limitations, the lenght of these courses is of 6 months.

Academic requirements:

  • Applicants must have graduated with a Master degree that shows a strong academic background.
  • the EF PhD proposal

Program duration

UK: 6 months, with start dates in September*, January and April*
9- or 11-month programs are only available to EU passport holders


EF Cambridge

UK academic outline:

Term one:

- PhD Proposal Development and Application
- Advanced Language Skills- Application workshop
- English for Academic Purposes

Term two:

- IELTS- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
- Critical Reasoning
- Data Collection and Ethics

Term three

- Getting Published
- PhD Authoring
- Project Management

EF Learning Guarantee
EF's Learning Guarantee
We are so confident that our method will help you make maximum progress, that we guarantee it. Attend all of your classes, do all the assignments, and you’ll advance one course level every six weeks – otherwise, you'll study for free until you do. *This may vary for languages other than English