For most of our research programmes, you can choose to start in September/October, in January or in March.
Pre-application: finding a supervisor
- Because our staff are engaged in their own research, they understand how important your research is to you.
- Before you apply for an MPhil/PhD degree, you will need to establish that one of our academics is able to provide appropriate supervision for your research - find out what areas of supervision our academics specialise in.
Role of your supervisor
- Your supervisor will provide you with advice on your research and support throughout your research programme on topics including:
- planning your thesis
- the nature of research and the standards expected
- the primary sources and secondary literature required to support the project
- research techniques (including arrangements for instruction where necessary)
- questions of originality, plagiarism and publication of research result
- To find out more about the support our supervisors offer, see our code of practice on research.
How to apply
- Once you have identified your supervisor and the department has approved your choice, you can then apply for one of our MPhil/PhD degrees by finding the relevant course description, where you will see a link to the online application form.
- As part of your application, you may need to submit a research proposal (the online application form will indicate whether that is required). Read our Guide to writing a research proposal.
- You'll find notes and instructions throughout the form to help you complete the process. You can save and return to your application form before submitting it, so don't worry if you can't complete it all at once.