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Depending on your eligibility, you may apply for scholarships and funding for the PhD programme. Please note:
Scholarship application deadlines vary.
Scholarships may have additional application criteria.
You must also submit your online application for the PhD programme.
Your Personal Statement in your online application will serve as your scholarship covering letter unless otherwise stated in the scholarships and funding section.
Awardees of external scholarships will not be considered for the scholarships we offer.
1. Check entry requirements
Before applying for a programme, please consider whether you meet the minimum academic requirements. If English is not your first language, you will also need to satisfy our minimum English language requirements.
Minimum academic requirements
Entry to the PhD programme is competitive, and usually requires that applicants have the following minimum qualifications:
Normally a postgraduate master’s degree from an accredited institution in the UK or overseas (we accept applications from those still currently studying for a masters, but any offer will be conditional on successful completion at the required standard).
Evidence of above-average academic achievement (more than 65% overall) and normally a postgraduate master’s dissertation with distinction (UK equivalent). MBA or master’s students without a dissertation are welcome to apply and should normally provide evidence of distinction level work (UK equivalent).
Your official transcript and grading scheme must be provided when you submit your application
2. Review our research areas
Review our research areas and staff profiles to ensure supervision for your own research can be secured.
We strongly recommend that you identify a potential supervisor and contact them directly before applying.
3. Write a research proposal
Your research proposal is an essential part of your application that will be used to assess your suitability for the PhD programme.
It should be 3,000 to 5,000 words in length (excluding references and appendices) and clearly explain the research hypothesis, objectives, and why the research is important.
Points to note
If accepted, you are not committed to following your proposed research exactly.
Applications received without a research proposal will not be considered.
A personal statement does not meet the requirement of a research proposal.
Your research proposal is liable to be submitted to the Turnitin plagiarism detection system.
4. Submit application
Applications are made using the University’s online system, EUCLID. Before your application can be completed, you will need to supply supporting documents.
As part of the application process, you will be required to upload the following supporting documents:
Degree certificates and transcripts, including the grading scheme.
A research proposal
Contact details for two academic referees or two academic written references
Evidence of English-language competence (for applicants whose first language is not English). Accepted certificates are found in entry requirements.
Justification for part-time study (if applying for this mode of study