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How to apply for a research degree

We accept applications all year round, for enrolment in October, January or May.

Step 1
Talk to us

We recommend that you contact us early in your decision making process to discuss your research ideas. You should contact the relevant area you wish to study with directly to see if we can support your research idea.

Find contact details here.

Step 2
Complete a research proposal

Once you have discussed you research idea you should complete a clear, detailed research proposal. You will need to evidence that you have an aptitude for doctoral level research, and that you can communicate your research ideas clearly and concisely. Proposals should be up to 1500 words in length.

Your proposal should include

  • An outline of the proposed research and the central questions, problems or hypothesis that you plan to address
  • The current knowledge and context, referencing key background literature
  • Proposed methodology or approach, if known
  • The potential significance or impact of the research

Step 3

To consider your application, we will need

  • A fully-completed application form
  • A clear, detailed research proposal attached as a separate document
  • Two academic references
  • Details of your funding, and copies of any financial support letters where relevant
  • Copies of qualifications, certificates and/or results transcripts
  • Proof of English language ability, where English is not your first language
  • Copies of passport and any relevant visas, for international applicants

Entry requirements, English language requirements and fee information can be found under the relevant subject information page.

Send your application to your relevant contact.

What happens next?

Your application will be reviewed by a member of the doctoral admissions team in the relevant area. You will be assessed on the quality and feasibility of your research proposal, the fit with our research areas, and our supervisory capacity and expertise in your area of study.

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