This guidance will assist you in applying for your chosen postgraduate research degree programme and will outline: how your application will be considered, what will be expected of you and what you can expect from the University.
The specific information included will assist you in:
The University offers several research degree programmes. Please see individual programmes for entry requirements.
If you are interested in a particular research area or working with a particular member of academic staff, it is often worth discussing your research ideas with them before submitting an application.
A research proposal must be submitted unless you are applying for a funded studentship which has a specified project.
Your proposal will be no more than 2000 words and will enable the reader to obtain a clear understanding of the research you plan to undertake and the context.
Essentially, the reader will be given answers to the questions “what?”, “why?” and “how?” i.e. what is the research, why is it being undertaken, how is it going to be conducted.
In the case of PhD the expected original contribution to knowledge and the planned form of submission e.g. thesis, portfolio or publication, must be clear. Where the planned submission involves creative work this should also be highlighted.
You should also indicate whether you have considered any potential ethical issues associated with your proposed project.
A typical proposal will contain:
The above layout is not meant to be prescriptive and different disciplines may structure proposals differently which is perfectly understandable and acceptable.
The first step is to register with our online service and apply online.
Which research degree? Find the right degree for you in the listing.
The following documents must be uploaded as supporting documents:
Your research application will initially be considered by two members of academic staff within the Faculty who will make recommendations to the Faculty Research Degrees Committee (FRDC). The reviewers will consider the quality of the research proposal and in the case of PhD applications, the proposed original contribution to knowledge.
If the reviews are positive, you will be invited for interview. This will be conducted by your proposed supervisory team. Interviews may be held either face to face, by telephone or by Skype / video-conferencing facilities.
In considering admission for any research degree programme, the FRDC considers several important criteria, which you can find more information about on this page.
It is important that you are aware of the criteria for approving research degree applications. If any of these are not met, your application may be rejected.
Before approving your application to study, the Faculty Research Degrees Committee (FRDC) shall ensure that:
If your application is successful, you will be issued with an offer letter. This will contain the following information:
You will need to formally accept your offer to confirm your place.