Applying for a postgraduate research degree

Completing a postgraduate research degree at the University of Greenwich is a richly-rewarding experience. As a research student, you will be looking for a research environment that enables you to develop your ideas in order for you to succeed.

You can commence your studies at any time during the academic year although we strongly advise you to start in September or January so that you can join our induction processes and meet other students who are starting their studies at the same time.

One of the key factors in achieving this is finding a supervisor and research group that can provide the support to complement your research interests. This is something that ideally you should have established before you start the application process and will speed up the process if you have already engaged with a potential supervisor.

Please note: Applications to the Medway School of Pharmacy are made through the University of Kent. To find out more visit www.msp.ac.uk/research.

Identifying a potential supervisor

If you already have an idea of which academic you would like to supervise your project then please make contact with them and discuss your proposal.

If you do not have the name of a supervisor, but would like to know if the University is currently undertaking research in a particular area, please go to our postgraduate research centres and facilities page. You are encouraged to make contact with staff who will be able to discuss how your research ideas could fit into the faculty. Following on from this initial contact, you may be able to arrange a meeting, either face-to-face or by telephone to discuss your ideas further.

Contacting the Faculty or Postgraduate Research Office

If you cannot find the research area that you are looking for, or have any queries about the application process, please email the relevant area of the university from the list below:

Subject area (Campus) Contact information
Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities (Greenwich)fach_pgresearch@gre.ac.uk
Faculty of Business (Greenwich) pgr_business_recruit@gre.ac.uk
Faculty of Education and Health (Avery Hill) pgr_education_recruit@gre.ac.uk
pgr_health_recruit@gre.ac.uk
Faculty of Engineering and Science (Medway) fes_research_office@gre.ac.uk
Natural Resources Institute (NRI) (Medway) pgr_nri_recruit@gre.ac.uk
Postgraduate Research Officepostgraduateresearch_admissions@gre.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)208 331 9794

Joining an established research group

A number of our MPhil/PhD students apply to join an establish research group, by applying for a funded studentship where a project design has already been decided that aligns with the research ambitions of a research group. Studentships are advertised on our studentship and scholarships page, and can also be found on external websites such as www.jobs.ac.uk or www.findaphd.com. If you apply for one of the advertised students, please ensure that you include the scholarship/studentship reference number in the Personal Statement section of the application form so that we can identify which studentship you are applying for.

Entry requirements and personal funding

Before applying to undertake a research degree you need to ensure that you have a realistic plan on how you are going to fund both your fees and living expenses through the research and writing up process. Before applying it is really important that you meet the entry requirements for entry onto the MPhil/PhD programme which are:

  • A taught Masters degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (eg Merit) level or above, in a generic subject area relevant to the subject matter of the proposed research project, and/or
  • A First Class or Second Class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours degree in a subject(s) areas relevant to the proposed research project,

In addition to the above, applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the English Language requirement, which is:

  • a Bachelors or Masters degree transcript from the UK or UKVI recognised Majority English Speaking Country (MESC). A full list of MESCs can be found on the application process page.

OR

  • an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

For further information on the entry requirements please refer to Section A2 of the Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Research Awards.

To find out more information on funding your studies visit our funding opportunities pagestudentship and tuition fee pages.

Further details of what is required at the time of application and how the recruitment process operates can be found here.