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Applications Process

The initial step for anyone who wishes to be considered for a place as a PhD student in the School is to formulate a provisional research proposal. For information on writing a research proposal, see our guidelines on ‘Preparing a Research Proposal’.

Once you have established some ideas about the research you wish to carry out, you should send a copy of your research proposal and CV to academics within the School whose research expertise matches your own interests. This should be done before submitting your formal application. If you are successful in meeting our entry criteria, your application will be sent to your potential supervisor(s) for consideration. All applicants are interviewed prior to being offered place. Prospective PhD students are strongly advised to identify at least one potential supervisor.

If you are interested in applying for a studentship within the School, please note these are normally advertised in the autumn, and the deadline for application is 31 January. Please refer to the School's website for details on studentships.
Once you have developed a clear research proposal and have ideally identified a supervisor, you will need to complete the formal application process online at:

Application Checklist

Applicants should ensure that the following supporting materials are included with their application:

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Research proposal (1,500 words excluding references)
  • Statement of purpose (1 side A4)
  • Full academic transcripts (a record of courses taken and grades achieved)
  • Two academic references
  • Proof of English language ability for overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries.
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