We can supervise you in a number of different areas for postgraduate research study, and you can undertake a Doctor or Master of Philosophy (PhD/MPhil), an MD (Res), a PhD by Published Work or a Professional Doctorate (DProf).
You can join us as a part-time or full-time student.
Our areas of research expertise are expanding, if you can’t find your area of interest please contact the relevant faculty as we may still be able to accommodate you.
The deadline for applications is approximately four weeks before the course start date for students based in the UK, and approximately eight weeks for international students due to the extra time needed for visa applications. If you are an international student planning to apply for your visa in the UK, we can accept your application by the UK deadline.
If we receive your application after the deadline for your chosen month, we will consider you for the next entry point.
The postgraduate research application deadlines for research programmes starting in 2023-2024 are:
UK based students: 6 August 2023
International students (India Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria, and all Sub-Saharan Africa): 2 July 2023
Rest of the world: 16 July 2023
UK based students: 3 December 2023
International students: 29 October 2023
UK based students: 3 March 2024
International students: 4 February 2024
For PhDs, MPhils and MD (Res) we have entry points in September, January and April. Our Professional Doctorates have entry points in September.
Entry requirements can be found on the individual programme pages.
In general you’ll need:
This can differ between specific programmes, so please check your programme page to be sure.
You can apply for our postgraduate research degree courses online. There's an application link on each course page.
You do not need to speak with a prospective supervisor before applying, but we do encourage it. You can find our details of our supervisors on our Find an Expert pages.
You will need to upload the following as part of your application.
For MPhil/PhD/MD (Res):
For DProf you should cover the above points, plus:
We’ll confirm receipt of your application via email, and send you log-in details for our applicant portal where you can check the progress of your application.
If we need any further information, we’ll request it via email and you’ll be able to upload the relevant documents through the applicant portal.
We’ll send your application to your prospective faculty, who will review your research outline and academic background. If they feel they can support your research, they’ll invite you to an interview.
We interview all postgraduate research applicants before we can offer a place. Interviews can take place in person on campus, or online if you're unable to travel to campus.
We’ll give you feedback on your application within four to six weeks. If we make you an offer, you can reply via the application portal.
If at any point you need further help or advice, please contact our Research Admissions Team.
For information about fees, funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages.
If you need further information, please contact our postgraduate research admissions team at [email protected].