Postgraduate research


How do I apply for a research degree?

First, you'll need to find the right subject area. You can browse all our research degree subjects on our website. You can start a research degree in October or February.

Once you have found your chosen research area, you will find a contact us enquiry form at the bottom of the page. Please complete this, providing as much information as possible about your intended research topic. This information is then passed directly to the relevant department who will aim to put you in contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more detail.

To make an application, you will need to complete a personal statement, the online application form, supporting documents and a research proposal. If you are applying for one of the self funded/funded projects please ensure you note the project code to add in place of a research proposal on the application form. Please check with the lead supervisor on the project to confirm whether they also require a proposal.

What happens next?

Upon receipt of your application the Faculty Admissions Centre and the Faculty Research Degrees Coordinator will liaise to determine whether the intended research is viable and whether we have the supervisory expertise available to support you with your chosen research.

How long will it take?

The process will normally take up to four weeks. If your application is accepted, we will invite you for an interview. If your application is unsuccessful we will write to inform you of the reasons.

Where can I find out more?

The following documents provide details of what you will need to provide for each part of your application.

How do I apply as an international student?

We welcome applications from international students. Application information and English Language requirements are covered in the key facts section of each research area, though general information can be found on the international apply page. Find out more about applying as an international student, including visa information and funding opportunities on our international webpages

Who can I contact for more information?

Faculty of Business and Law:

General Admissions enquiries:
Faculty Research Degree Coordinator: Dr Renatas Kizyz

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries:

General Admissions enquiries: 
Faculty Research Degree Coordinator: Dr Esther Sonnet

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:

General Admissions enquiries: 
Faculty Research Degree Coordinator: Dr Karen Heard-Lauréote

Faculty of Science:

General Admissions enquiries:
Faculty Research Degree Coordinator: Andy Gibson

Faculty of Technology:

General Admissions enquiries:
Faculty Research Degree Coordinator: Dr Tineke Fitch