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Research degree opportunities at Teesside



How to apply

Entry requirements

We welcome both UK and international applications; the minimum entry requirements for a research degree at Teesside University are a UK upper second-class honours degree (2:1) or higher, or an approved overseas equivalent in a related subject. If English is not your first language you should have, or expect to gain a minimum grade of 6.5 in the IELTS English language test. If you don't meet this minimum entry requirement, you can take one of our pre-sessional courses, as long as you IELTS level is at least 4.0. Funded studentships may also have specific entry requirements.

How to apply

You can apply online for a research degree at any time; our enrolment dates for new research degree students are in October, December, March and May. To apply for a research degree you will need to develop a research proposal and personal statement. You will also need to identify a supervisor which you can do via our research portal. Please note that although you may express a preference to commence studies at a particular entry point, your actual date of entry will not be confirmed until you receive an Unconditional Offer. The next available entry point may be later than your preference.

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Writing your application

The research proposal is a key element of your application. It will give us an indication of your ability to undertake PGR study, assess the potential of the project and importantly whether we have sufficient expertise to provide supervision. The proposal will also be helpful for further developing the research.

A proposal should be at least 500 words minimum. It should be clear and concise and outline the research you wish to undertake. A template is provided for your proposal that is broken down into the most important aspects of research aims and design. You can submit your proposal using the research proposal template and uploading to the online system.

You will also need to upload details of any experience you have of research training and a personal statement about why you want to do a research degree.

In addition, you will also need to upload any other supplementary documents such as English test results, references or funding confirmation letters.

For more information on how to apply, visit our FAQ pages, download our applicant guidance or contact the email

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