Research degrees


PhDs, MPhils



Study for a research degree

It's an exciting, interesting and rewarding opportunity to explore a topic in real depth.

We offer research degrees at Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level.

Our research is directed at making significant contributions to international society as a whole. It is grounded in addressing health, social, cultural and environmental concerns.

Submitting an application

You can submit an application at any time of year, however, we have three enrolment periods each year for new research programmes – early October, February and May.

Please download and complete the three word templates below - proposal, research training and personal statement - before applying online. You need to upload these documents at the start of the online application process. It is very important that you ensure you fully complete these documents otherwise your application will be rejected.

Apply online

Please download and complete the three word templates - proposal, research training and personal statement - before applying. You will need to upload these documents at the start of the online application process.

Apply online

Admission enquiries

It is also helpful if you can upload any other supplementary documents you may have, for example English language test results, references, funding letters.

We assess your research proposal when we receive your completed application form. If we believe that your proposal is viable and we have the capacity for your supervision, you and your potential director of studies will develop your proposal and complete a training needs analysis, working closely with your potential supervisors.

If you are accepted for a research degree you will be issued with an offer letter giving full details of your programme including the start date of your study. Offers of a place are made for the next available start date.

Entry requirements

Normal minimum entry requirements are a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or higher, or an approved overseas equivalent in a related subject.

As an international student you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability.

The standard test is a valid UKVI-approved IELTS test, showing your English language level at 6.5 overall, with no individual score lower than 6.5.
Full list of UKVI approved tests and centres

You will not need to provide evidence of your language ability if you are a national of a majority English speaking country - as defined by the UKVI

If you have completed a Master's Degree from a UK Institution, or other majority English speaking country (see link above), we can normally accept this as proof of your English level if the date of the Master's degree will be less than two years old at the time we issue your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Other certificates (TOEFL, Pearson PTE (Academic), Trinity Integrated Skills and Cambridge English) can be used in conjunction with a Skype interview with our English Language Centre only if the certificate shows that your English level is at the equivalent of the entry requirement stated above.

For some international student applications, we are able to consider other English test scores in conjunction with supporting evidence and a Skype interview. Please note that certificates from private language schools will not be accepted.

If you do not meet the minimum entry requirement, you can take one of our pre-sessional courses, as long as your IELTS level is at least 4.0. You must have an UKVI-approved IELTS certificate for entry onto a pre-sessional English course (other certificates cannot be considered).
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