Applying for Postgraduate Research Courses

Masters (MA, MSc, LLM) by Research, MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate

Research degrees are offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis except for the professional doctorate which is on a part-time basis only.

You may decide to apply for a Postgraduate Research Degree by:

To apply for a scholarship or a self-funded place on an advertised project:
Go to the project advert and use the link provided.

Scholarship funding details:
Please see individual scholarship adverts for funding offer details.
Full funding indicates that fees and stipend at RCUK rates will be covered

To apply for a self-funded place:
- If you are responding to a specific project advert, go to the project advert and use the link provided
- If you would like to propose your own research project, please identify the subject area closest to your interests at our Find a Research Degree page
OR email PGR Admissions on

CVs alone will not be accepted. 
Note that it is recommended that you contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator for guidance before submitting an application.
For queries about the online application form and processes please contact:

Please ensure that you have gathered the necessary documents required to submit along with your application where possible:
- 2 x References, passport copy, qualification transcripts (with English translation for non-UK qualifications) and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
If you are applying for a Distance Learning Research Degree, please submit an Additional Information Form‌ as a supplementary document when filling out the online application. 

Find out about the different types of research degree on offer

Self-funded Application Deadlines

Closing date for International applications - 31st July 2020

Closing date for UK/EU applications - 31st August 2020

There are four enrolment periods for a research degree in September, January, April and July although some faculties only have a January and September enrolment i.e. Business and Law.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Please consult the scholarship project advert for application deadline.

The advert should also state the expected start time (enrolment period) of the project

Next stages of your application

We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application.
Once the University is satisfied with the following:

We will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study.

Once you accept the offer of a place of study, you will be advised of the next enrolment period.

Postgraduate Study