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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Where online applications are available, links are listed here.

More information and advice to help with your application can be found below or by contacting our admissions team.

Start date Apply Course code
Oct 7, 2024 Apply (Direct)
Feb 3, 2025 Apply (Direct)
Oct 6, 2025 Apply (Direct)
Feb 2, 2026 Apply (Direct)

Find out more about applying, including how to apply as an international or mature student, and transferring to University of Gloucestershire to continue your studies.


Before you apply, it is helpful to identify how your proposed research links to the areas of specialism and expertise within the relevant School.

Applying online

You can save your application at any time and return to it later if you want to. At this stage, your application cannot be seen by the University, only by you.

Our research priority areas also provide a good insight into areas of current research and academic expertise. If you find a staff profile of interest, you may also benefit from having a look at their research outputs in our open access research repository​​.​

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

Entry requirements

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

Professional Doctorate

Please refer to the course page.

International applicants

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.


In order to secure your place on the course, we recommend that you submit an application as soon as possible, usually 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.

Student contract

To accept your offer of a place at the University of Gloucestershire you must agree to the student contract.

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