How to apply for funded postgraduate research opportunities

Academic entry requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline; a Masters level qualification is desirable, but not essential. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate understanding of the planned research area. Further details may be supplied in the specific topic summary.

English requirements for international students

International students will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability. The admissions team in the Graduate Research School will be able to confirm what evidence is required on an individual basis, but a summary of the evidence required is detailed below:

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). If the Master's degree will be more than two years old at the time we issue your CAS, we may be able to offer a Skype interview with our English Language Centre to verify your English language level.

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).

Contact us

Any queries should be directed to

Fees and funding

The terms of funding for studentships may vary per studentship, you should read each advert separately for specific information, or contact Lorraine Smeltzer for specific queries:

Lorraine Smeltzer, Research Administrator
T: 01642 384438 | E:

Information for International students

International students would be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant Tier 4 visa procedures. Please contact if you require further information on these requirements.

ATAS Certificate - as part of your application to study in the UK, depending on your subject area, you may be asked to supply an ATAS Certificate. If it is needed, this will be sent to you as a condition of the offer, and all required information will be supplied in the offer. You should not apply for an ATAS certificate until you have received this information from us.

If you will be making an application for Tier 4 you should make an appointment with our Student Adviser to discuss this further:

Yolanda Lopez, Student Adviser
T: 01642 342730 | E:

Apply online

This application form and the information on this page should only be used to apply for a currently advertised studentship.

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

Admission enquiries

For matters relating to admissions contact:
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