As a first step you are strongly advised to explore the project outlines and contact Professor Karen Ousey to discuss your proposed project (

To make an application

Please submit the following to the Research and Enterprise Administration Team no later than Friday 29th April 2022:

  • A completed HHS Fee Waiver PhD Form including the name of two referees.
  • An additional document containing the following:
    1. The proposed title of the thesis (ensuring that it addresses the PhD brief).
    2. A 200-word summary of your proposed research.
    3. A fuller proposal for a project that addresses the issues identified in the PhD brief. 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 (approximately 300 words).
    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 non-native users of English Language applicants).

Interview selection

Applicants will be shortlisted for an interview which is scheduled to take place on the 23rd May 2022.  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

The successful applicant will be expected to start their PhD in September/October 2022. Full details will be provided to the successful applicant.