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How to apply

If you’re interested in studying a PhD with us – there’s an application process. This is to ensure we can meet your specific needs and support your research topic.

For a professional doctorate, please apply directly through our professional doctorate course pages.

Step 1

Please check our areas of expertise in which we can offer doctoral supervision. We’ll only offer a research degree where we have relevant expertise to ensure you get the right academic support. We also have a list of ready to go PhD projects designed by our experts, which means that the research proposal is already written.

Step 2

Fill in our make an MPhil/PhD enquiry form. We’ll put you in touch with a member of staff to have an informal conversation about your proposed research and qualifications. This is to establish that we have expertise and facilities in your area, and to help you design your research proposal.

Step 3

If the discussion is promising, you’ll be invited to apply. To apply, search our research degree courses add link which link to an electronic application form. You’ll need to upload your research proposal as part of your application. You’ll also be asked for two references, preferably from a previous place of education or your place of work, and to provide transcripts of previous study.

If you’re an international student requiring a visa, the application form will gather the necessary information for us to run preliminary checks on your eligibility.

Step 4

If everything is in order with your application, we’ll invite you for a formal interview (this can be by video link).

If the academic school recommend the offer of a place on a research degree, this will be ratified by the Graduate School and then you’ll be contacted with details of the offer and how to accept.

Please make sure your funding is in place, whether self-funded or funded externally. See our fees and funding pages or jobs.ac.uk for potential sources of PhD funding and bursaries.