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Start your application and begin your research career with Middlesex University

Research courses at Middlesex empower you to take your career into new and exciting directions.

How to apply

The majority of research applications are made using our Online Applicant Portal. (Please note: the online application system will be inaccessible from 9am – 5pm (UK time) on 20th July 2018 due to essential maintenance).

Create an Online Applicant Portal account to submit your application directly to us and track its progress. You can also upload your supporting documents, portfolio and show-reel and make subsequent applications.

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Exceptions

If you're planning to study one of the following research degrees, you will need to download and complete the relevant application form on the Online Applicant Portal and send it to us along with your supporting documents.

  • Doctor of Business Administration DBA
  • Masters/Doctorate in 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

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  • When to apply

    Our research courses usually start in October and January.

    Apply as early as possible for your course as the application process and can take around four weeks for UK/EU applicants and 16 weeks, inclusive of the student visa application process, for international applicants.

    If you're applying close to the start date remember that we can't guarantee that applications submitted close to the start date will be reviewed in time for you to start.

  • Research studentships

    With funded a studentship, you'll contribute to research projects at the university while you complete your research degree and get a maintenance loan to allow you to study full-time.

    Find a studentship

Your application

Academic documents

You must provide copies of all your academic documentation including transcripts and certificates. These should either be copies of the originals on letter headed paper or with a stamp by the awarding body or institution. If it's applicable to your application, you will also need to provide references on letter headed paper along with a copy of your CV.

If you're applying for an art and design course, you must include a copy of your portfolio.

If you are a current Middlesex student, you do not need to submit transcripts or references.

Contact information

Pay attention to the contact details you give in your application. If you're likely to change postal or email address before starting your course then give your most permanent contact 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.

Personal statement

What you write in your personal statement is essential to make your application stand out. Follow our guide to your personal statement to get it right.

Research proposal

The research proposal will form a key part of your application and it's important that you feel confident successfully outlining your proposal as well as highlighting the area of research that interests you. Make sure you are demonstrating that you are able to make an original contribution to a field of study, bearing in mind that a research degree can take several years to complete.

  • What to include

    • Title / abstract

      Make sure you have a working title and a short summary (abstract) of your overall proposal.

    • Introduction / rationale

      Summarise key points and ideas of your intended research and identify why this research needs to be undertaken. Set the context for your proposed research and demonstrate that it will add something new to your chosen area of research. The rationale may include an indication of the principal issues, problems, controversies, ethical issues, and emerging theories; describing the contribution your research will make.

      You can also take the opportunity to state how your past or current research, work experience, and achievements will support the completion of your research project.

    • Research aims or key questions

      Make a broad statement of the desired long-term outcomes and short-term objectives of your research. The objectives can be numerous and emphasise how you plan to accomplish your aims or answer key questions. They are more focused and concise than outcomes, and can be read as the practical steps you are going to take to answer your research question, test your hypothesis, or demonstrate how you will meet the overall goal.

      Try to include one to two aims or questions to help guide your literature / field review and clearly define the overall focus of your research.

    • Literature review / review of current research / practice

      Explain how your research will be filling a gap in existing theory or knowledge. You could also propose something which is controversial to existing ideas. Describe and outline existing theories or research that is related to the research project you are proposing by reviewing key publications and / or creative works that address the research questions outlined.

    • Methodology / methods

      Highlight the research methods you are planning to meet your aims and objectives. You can explain the variety of data you intend to collect, how you intend to collect it, identify any quotas / demographics you intend to fill, and how you will analyse and evaluate your data, justifying why you chose a particular research method. You can also include any resources, equipment and additional costs you may encounter as well as outlining any possible ethical issues which may arise and how you propose to address such issues.

    • Summary and conclusions

      Keep this section clear and concise, summarising the overall aims, objectives and possible outcomes of your research. Make sure to highlight any important information that may be helpful to a reviewer.

    • Sources / references / bibliography

      Accurately reference all sources and cite them in your bibliography / reference list using a recognised referencing style appropriate to your discipline.

Formatting your proposal

Your research proposal should:

  • not exceed 2000 words
  • be written in Arial font, size 11
  • include clear headings and sub headings
  • have correct grammar and spelling throughout
  • be referenced fully
  • be proof read before submitting.

Contact a supervisor

We encourage you to discuss your proposal with an specialist academic before you submit your work. You can explore your options with them and discover whether we are able to be able to support your studies.

As part of your discussion, your supervisor will be able to assess whether your proposal will lead to a piece of research that will adds to the University's research goals and objectives as a practising institution.

We currently have supervisors available in:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Business information systems and business informatics
  • Design
  • Education
  • Enterprise and economic development
  • Ethics
  • Ethics of technology
  • Machine learning
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Networking
  • Numerical algorithms (especially computational geometry)
  • Operations management
  • Psychology
  • Robust software/system development
  • Smart sensors (for ambient assisted living and smart homes)
  • Visual analytics

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