Applications for research degrees can be made throughout the year, normally to commence in January, April or September.


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Deadlines for applications

PGR Start Date Application Date
for international and home students
with a scholarship
Application Date
for home students
without a scholarship
Sept/Oct 2023 09 June 2023 30 June 2023
January 2024 20 October 2023 17 November 2023
April 2023 27 January 2023 24 February 2023

Entry requirements

The general entry requirements for all our research degrees are a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK University or a qualification of an equivalent standard in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed. Before submitting your application make sure to check the specific entry requirements of the research degree you are applying for as these may vary depending upon subject area.

Please note that the University has formal entry requirements for applicants whose first language of instruction is not English. These are normally English Language qualifications, which we recognise as meeting our entry criteria. Requirements may vary between programmes and subjects so you are advised to check these carefully when going through the specific course information.

Application process

The process for applying to study for a research degree is as follows:

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International students

If you are an international student applying for a research degree read more about our international entry requirements. To find out if you require a visa please read through our visa requirements page for further information.