How to apply

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Entry requirements

In order to study a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll need a strong academic record with a degree in a relevant subject area.

For masters by research this will usually be a bachelor degree.

For PhD this will be a masters degree.

We also accept equivalent international qualifications. We may also take into account any relevant professional experience that you may have.

If your first language is not English, you'll also need to demonstrate proficiency in English language by meeting the University minimum entry requirements. We accept the following English language certificates: 

  • IELTS - an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill

You can improve your academic English level to the standard needed to study a postgraduate research degree by taking one of the following pre-sessional courses:

The application process  

Applications for postgraduate research courses are made online through our application portal. As part of the application process, you'll need to provide a number of documents:

  • a copy of your transcript from your previous or current degrees, listing all courses and marks achieved
  • a copy of your certificates from your previous degrees
  • a detailed research proposal on your intended topic
  • two academic references.

If your first language is not English you may also need to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

You'll also need to supply the names of supervisors you would be interested in working with, explore the research interests of our staff.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be sent to our admissions team and the Director of Postgraduate Research for consideration. We aim to process your application as soon as possible which is usually within 2-4 weeks of receipt. Please note that we may ask you for an interview as part of the application process.

Deadline and timescales

You can begin a PhD or MA by research degree any time of the year, so there are no formal deadlines. However, the majority of new PhD students start on 1st October and we would recommend this whenever possible so that you have the benefit of a full induction programme. 

We advise that you apply at least 6 weeks before your intended start date.

Scholarships deadlines

If you intend to apply for scholarship these usually have deadlines early in the year and most require you to have already secured your place on a course. We advise you to apply for a place at least 6 weeks before a scholarship deadline.