You will need to submit the following with your application:
- Your proposal
- Your CV
- Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts
- Details of your references
- International students will need to submit evidence of their English language proficiency
In order to start a research degree, your proposal will need to be accepted by your potential supervisors. This makes your proposal a crucial part of your application. For tips on writing a successful proposal, please see our
guide to writing a research proposal.
You will also need to meet the following entry requirements:
Master’s by Research
- A bachelor’s degree with honours, graded 2.1 or above in a related subject area
- Two references
- A Master’s degree in a relevant subject area
- Two references
Please refer to individual course pages for
You will need to demonstrate your English proficiency, for example with an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band, or an equivalent. Please see our
English language requirements for more options and information.
What happens next?
We’ll be in touch once we have received your application. This will be checked in admissions and if we require anything further then we will be in touch - we aim to respond to your application within 6-8 weeks. We will then send applications to the School Postgraduate Research Lead for review of your proposal. If there is interest from supervisors within the research group, we will then invite you to interview.
Deadlines to apply
In order to secure your place on the course, we recommend that you submit an application as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted at least one month before the course start date.
If you are an international applicant and need a Tier 4 visa, please apply two months before the start date. For more information, please see the CAS request deadlines.
If you would like advice regarding entry requirements, deadlines or applying for a research degree, please contact our admissions team on