A doctorate qualification gives you the opportunity to undertake an original piece of research. Throughout the course, you will be expected to work independently, with guidance from a supervisor. The supervisor advises you whether your research is on track and about deadlines you have to meet. Many doctorate courses lead to a qualification such as a Doctor of Philosophy - a PhD or Dphil.
Doctorate qualifications are offered by universities that offer research opportunities.
It will usually take at least three years of full-time study to complete.
Many people start their Doctorate in order to develop an academic career as a researcher or lecturer.