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Research application

Online applications

You will be required to create an Applicant Portal account in order to use our online application system. Once you have submitted your application you'll be able to track the progress of your application, upload supporting documents/portfolio/showreel and make subsequent applications.

Please note: We are not able to guarantee that applications submitted close to the start date will be reviewed in time for research degree applicants to start. The application review process can take 4 weeks or longer for UK/EU applicants and 16 weeks (inclusive of the student visa application process) for overseas applicants.

Application forms

The research degrees listed below utilise editable PDF or Word application forms which are accessible via our online application system.

You will be required to create an Applicant Portal account to download and complete the application. Once completed, please send your complete application and supporting documents to the email address noted on the form.

  • Doctor of Business Administration DBA
  • Masters/Doctor of Professional Studies MProf/DProf (Health and Education / Science and Technology)
  • Professional Practice DProf (Business)
  • Professional Practice MProf (Business)
  • Professional Studies DProf
  • Public Works PhD
  • Public Works Professional Practice DProf (Business)
  • Public Works Professional Practice DProf

Entry Requirements for the MPhil/PhD

Research students should have a good honours degree or relevant professional experience. A masters degree in a relevant subject area is desirable but not always essential. Potential applicants should also have research interests which match the expertise of the academic staff/potential supervisors. Acceptance is based on a formal application form and interview. Applicants for MPhil/PhD and ArtsM/D are also expected to have prepared an outline research proposal at the point of application. You can visit our page for more information about writing a research proposal.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country and haven't completed a degree in English, you'll also need to check you meet our English language requirements. The minimum International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) level currently accepted by the University is 6.5. Selective other equivalent tests are accepted.

International Students

If you are from outside the UK, you can choose to either apply directly to your nearest regional office or via our online application system. You can also apply through one of our trusted educational consultants in your country.

We want to make your application process as easy as possible, so if you have questions at any stage, please get in touch with our experienced regional teams or visit our country information pages for more information specific to you, including the qualifications we accept from your country.

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer Pre-sessional English Courses for students who need to improve their English level to study with us.

You can also visit our visas and immigration page to find out more about student visas.

Documentation, references and qualifications

Please ensure to provide copies of all your academic documentation including transcripts and certificates. These should either be copies of the originals, on letter headed paper, or should include a stamp by the awarding body/institution.

Please provide references on letter headed paper along with a copy of your resume/curriculum vitae (CV) if relevant to your application. If applying for an art and design course, please include a copy of your portfolio.

If you're an international student, please also include your English language qualifications and a photocopy of your passport (photograph and personal details page).

Your contact information

When completing the application form, please pay particular attention to the contact details you supply. If you're likely to change postal or email address before starting your course, please submit more permanent details.

We send all our admissions communications via email so it's vital that this information is as accurate as possible. We also advise adding our email address to your inbox safe list.

Writing a research proposal

Click here to view our dedicated research proposal page which details best practices and key information.

Writing a personal statement

Click here to view our dedicated personal statement page which details best practices and key information.

What happens next?

Once you've submitted your application, we'll email you to confirm receipt. It will then be processed and sent to the Research Degree Coordinator for review.

If your application is missing any important documentation, our Admissions team will contact you before sending it onto the Research Degree Coordinator.

Once a decision has been made, you'll receive notification from our Admissions office. This process normally takes around four to six weeks.

If you have been successful, please read your offer letter carefully and please contact us if anything is unclear. If you have received a conditional offer, please send us the required documents to satisfy the offer conditions as soon as possible.

Tips on applying

  • Research the course you're interested in and make sure it's right for you. Course with similar titles may have very different content. You'll need to submit a separate application for any additional courses
  • Check the entry requirements so you're confident you have the education qualifications and work experience required
  • Gather all the information you need, particularly qualifications, before you begin completing your application form
  • Investigate our flexible learning options as you can study full and part-time on the majority of our postgraduate research courses.

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