1. Check our entry requirements
To be accepted onto our PhD programme, you will need a Bachelor's degree of at least 2:1 level (or equivalent), or a master's degree, in a subject related to your proposed PhD research topic.
If you are from outside of the UK, you will also need to demonstrate you have a certain level of proficiency with written and spoken English.
For more information on entry requirements, visit our Doctoral and Researcher College website.
2. Select a topic
There are different routes for selecting a PhD research topic:
- If you are interested in a broad area of research, advertised projects covering specific research topics can be found on our PhD opportunities page
- If you have a clear idea about a research project of your choice, you should first determine whether the project is suitable for study at PhD level. The project must also be feasible within the resources and time frame available to you; it should also address a perceived "gap" in the literature and, most importantly, be of interest to you. You can receive feedback by contacting the department.
It is strongly recommended that you read the general guidance on how to write a PhD proposal before submitting your application.
3. Identify a supervisor
Please contact the Department's Director of Postgraduate Research Studies by emailing email@example.com or calling +44 (0) 118 378 8132.
You could also get in touch with the potential supervisor if you have someone specific in mind, but this should be in addition to contacting the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies.
It is not essential to communicate directly with the Department before submitting your application, but many candidates find it helpful.
4. Make an application
Please apply using the PhD and professional doctorate online application portal. This allows you to complete the necessary information and attach copies of relevant documents, including the details of two appropriate referees. Although you will be working with a specific department or supervisor, all PhD applications have to be made centrally.
We will acknowledge your application and then pass it on to the appropriate school or department.
Although most new students join the PhD programme in October, it is possible to start your studies at any point during the academic year.