How to apply

Making an application

Please submit the following so that we can consider your application:

Application Form to be submitted for the relevant programme. Please provide the following information on your application form:

  • The academic member of staff you intend to supervise your research project
  • Propose a project title or research area of interest

This information is used to identify potential supervisors. Review research themes and staff expertise before completing this section.

Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous study, providing an official, certified translation if these documents are not available in English.

CV – summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research. Include a list of any prizes/competitions that you have won for your academic work and experience of presenting your work at conferences and by publication.

Research Proposal – you must consider the following questions:

  • Explain the importance of your research in the context of current knowledge.
  • Clearly identify the objectives of the research.
  • Explain the methodology to be employed.
  • Demonstrate that you have the appropriate abilities to conduct the research.
  • Literature review (a first indication of the kind of books you will need to read and review as part of the research.

Meet some PhD students at the school, and learn about their experiences.

When to apply

We accept applications for Postgraduate Research study throughout the year and you may apply up to a year before your intended start date. Our start dates are January, April, July and September. For overseas students we advise that you apply at least three months before you intend to start your studies in the UK in order to allow enough time to process your application and for you to apply for a visa.

What will happen to my application?

Once your application has been assessed by the School you should expect to receive a response after a minimum of three weeks, although in some cases it will be sooner. We will be able to handle your application much more quickly if you ensure that you have included all the supporting documents and up to date contact details.

Completing your application

Once we have received the documents above, your application will then be considered. If you meet our academic entry requirements, your application will then be passed on to the potential supervisor for their consideration. The potential supervisor will then contact you to arrange an interview to further discuss your application. Interviews may be in person or by Skype or telephone.

If your application is successful at this stage, we will contact you to request the following additional information to complete your application:

English Language certification (if applicable) e.g. IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (with no sub-test below 5.5).

Two letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. You must ensure that reference letters are on official letter headed paper and are signed and dated (reference letters older than 1 year will not be accepted).


If you have any questions about making an online application, or about our research programmes, please contact the Postgraduate Research Admissions Team at: 

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