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Making an application

All applicants must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission to a research programme:

  1. A fully completed application form
  2. Three academic references
  3. Transcript(s) of previous higher education
  4. CV/résumé
  5. Statement of research interests/research proposal
  6. The application fee

Note on research proposal: This must be in English and no more than 2000 words. This will be assessed for: the coherence of the proposal; the originality of the project; evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study; the feasibility of successfully completing the project in the time available for the course (a maximum of four years); commitment to the subject, beyond the requirements of the degree course; preliminary knowledge of research techniques; reasoning ability. It will be normal for your ideas subsequently to change as you investigate the evidence and develop your project. You should nevertheless make the best effort you can to demonstrate the extent of your research question, sources and method at this moment.

The applicant is responsible for providing these materials in sufficient time to meet the published deadlines for applications. Applicants must include in their applications details of all periods of study at university level, and all qualifications attempted whilst at university.

Students must arrive in time for the induction programmes provided by the Department and Colleges. These are held in the week before the official start of the University academic year (i.e. week 0 of Michaelmas term). This is usually the 1st week in October. The dates for University terms are given here.

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You are advised to make enquiries a year prior to intended entry. We strongly encourage you to look at our Research pages to identify areas of interest to you and then directly contact the Principal Investigator (Group Leader) to discuss possibilities of joining them. This should be addressed before you submit your application to the University. Selection of the correct research area programme code is crucially important.

The main application deadline will be Monday 4th January 2019 12 noon GMT for entry in October 2019. Students who wish to be considered for funding, must apply by this date in order to be entered in the Divisional & Departmental funding competition. The Divisional & Departmental funding competition for 2018 entry is now closed.

Later applications (outside the Divisional and Departmental funding competition) for October 2018 entry, may be submitted up to the closing date of 9th March 2018. 

Subject to available places, the application portal will re-open on 1 May 2018.  However, you are encouraged to contact us first.

International students must allow time for obtaining a visa and an ATAS prior to starting any course.


Application form

Application Notes for Guidance:

Application Notes for Guidance for applicants with disabilities

Multiple applications (scroll down to the bottom of the page)



The Graduate School funding competition application deadline is now closed for 2018 entry.