How to apply

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Our entry requirements

You will need to have a strong academic record and should usually have a masters degree in a relevant subject area. We also accept international equivalent qualifications.

If your first language is not English then you'll need to meet our English Language requirements which are currently: 

  • IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.0 in all components;
  • TOEFL score of 92 with a 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking 

Please note that our English Language Requirements are above the University minimum. If you pass the University minimum but do not achieve the School of History's or the Institute for Medieval Studies' requirements, please get in touch with us so that our admissions tutors can consider your situation on an individual basis.

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  

Before applying we would encourage you to get in touch with the Director of Postgraduate Research to discuss potential research proposals. 

Applications for postgraduate research courses are made through the application portal.

As part of the application process, you'll need to provide a number of documents, these vary by the type of course you are applying for:

  • transcript and certificates from your previous or current degrees
  • your CV
  • a detailed research proposal on your intended topic (maximum 1,000 words)
  • two academic references
  • if applicable, evidence of English language proficiency
  • the names of supervisors you'd be interested in working with.

Once you submit your application, it'll be sent to our admissions team and Director of Postgraduate Research for consideration. We aim to process your application for a place on a course as soon as possible which is usually within 2-4 weeks of receipt. Please note that you will be asked to take part in 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 to ensure that all documentation is in place in good time.