How to apply

As a first step you are strongly advised to explore the project outlines and contact the relevant members of academic staff to discuss your proposed project. 

To make an application

Please submit the following to the Research and Enterprise Admin Team no later than 22 June 2020:

  • A completed HHS PhD Scholarship Form including the name of two referees.
  • An additional document containing the following:
    1. The names of any academic staff in the School of Human and Health Sciences that you have discussed the proposal with and would be interested in being supervised by.
    2. A 200-word summary of your proposed research.
    3. A fuller proposal for a project. You do not need to have decided all aspects of your study design at this stage as the first few months of a PhD programme would be spent shaping your planned research further with your supervisors. However, you should be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of relevant literature and research methods, a clear grasp of the likely significance and impact of your proposed research and an ability to design a research project to address the stated aims.  You can find the University‚Äôs general guidance on producing a research proposal for postgraduate research here: (1000-2000 words, brevity is preferred).
    4. A summary of how your previous experience and learning has equipped you to work well at doctoral level and to execute the planned project (300 words approx).
    5. A statement explaining the broader contribution you will make to the School. This should include the qualities you will bring to enable you to contribute to the teaching and research communities of the School (e.g. contributing to seminars, assisting with staff research, assisting with undergraduate teaching and marking of assignments).
  • Transcripts and certificates of all relevant academic and/or any professional qualifications, including English Language qualifications (e.g. IELTS test score for international or non-native users of English Language applicants).

Interview selection

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview.  Shortlisting will be based on:

  • The quality of the proposal
  • How it fits the research project outlines
  • Your previous academic achievements 
  • Your statements regarding your personal and academic qualities