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How to apply for an MPhil/PhD

The most important parts of applying for a research degree are selecting your topic and identifying an appropriate supervisor. In order to do one of our MPhil/PhD degrees, we need to be sure that we have academics with the experience, knowledge and expertise to supervise your topic, and we cannot process applications until an academic has agreed to be your advisor.

Pre-application procedures

Submit your application

Formal receipt of your application


  • If you are selected for interview by the Academic Staff then this can be done in person or remotely.

Probationary registration

  • In some cases, it may be that applicants or their proposals do not clearly meet the selection criteria and that further training or development of the proposal is necessary before they can be fully admitted onto the course.
  • Where this is the case, the MPhil/PhD Programme Director will provide details of what is required and the length of probationary registration.

When can you start?

  • You can be admitted to the MPhil/PhD course at the start of autumn, spring or summer terms.
  • However, you should be aware that the research training programme commences in the autumn term.

More information

We look forward to receiving your application. Please contact Jasmine Gideon if you have any queries.