Application process

The application process step-by-step

Before completing the online application please read carefully the information below. Each application MUST include the following. Applications that do not have the required documentation will not be considered.

Required documentation

  1. Scanned copies of your transcripts
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV), including the names of two referees
  3. A detailed research proposal of about 1,500 words (for scholarship applications, please see specific instructions in the advert)
  4. For international applicants, proof of English language proficiency. You don't need to prove your knowledge of English if you can show you're a national of one of the following countries OR if you have undertaken an undergraduate or Master's qualification in one of these countries.
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA.

Applicants from all other countries will be required to provide an IELTS certificate, achieving 6.5 in each area, or provide an equivalent certificate.

These documents must be uploaded in the "QUALIFICATIONS" section of the online application form.

Scholarship student applications

Please include the scholarship reference number in the PERSONAL STATEMENT field in the "EMPLOYMENT/SUPPORTING INFO" section of the online application form.

If you have the required documentation available, your application should be made using the online application form.

What happens after you submit your application?

The process for recruiting students varies within the faculties, however all online applications are initially logged with the Admissions Office, so if you have a query please contact them in the first instance. Applications are then forwarded to Faculties for consideration. The department will contact you directly to arrange an interview if they wish to take your application further. You will be notified if your application is unsuccessful. If you are successful you will receive an offer from the Postgraduate Research Office. Please note that the recruitment process can take up to six to eight weeks. If you need a decision sooner due to a funding deadline, please make this clear on your application in the personal statement section of your application.

Replying to accept an offer

You must respond to an offer of admission within 30 days, or by the stated start date of your programme, whichever is earlier. If you do not respond, we will assume that you do not wish to accept the offer and the offer will be withdrawn. To confirm your acceptance of the offer, you must sign and date the offer of admission and return it to the Postgraduate Research Office by scanning it and e-mailing it to

Beginning your studies

Your start date will be on your offer of admission. Remember, you must fulfil all conditions of your offer before the start date of your programme.

If you are an international student and are paying tuition fees, or have a sponsor who is paying fees, you must pay a deposit before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number can be obtained from UKVI. The balance of any fees due must also be paid in full before the start date.

You are expected to attend the department on the morning of the start date of your studies. You may not join the programme later than the date stated on the offer of admission.