Applying for PhD Study

PhD study at the Information School

Our PhD programme can be studied:

  • Full-time over 3 years; or
  • Part-time over 6 years.

We welcome applications at any time. Successful applicants usually commence their studies in September or January of each year, but there can be some flexibility around this.

How to apply

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How to apply

1. Complete the online application form.
2. Attach with your application:

Submitting all appropriate supporting documentation with your application will help to ensure that a decision is made promptly. Applications which are submitted without a full research proposal, evidence of qualifications or evidence of an appropriate English language qualification (or evidence of exemption from this requirement) cannot be processed.

3. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application, and will be kept informed of any developments throughout the application process.
4. You will undergo an interview prior to any offer being made.
5. You will receive an offer of a place of study or your application will be rejected.


We aim to deal with all applications promptly. A decision is usually made on applications within 2 months. We advise applicants to submit their PhD application at least 3 months prior to their proposed start date.


If you have any queries regarding the application procedure, please email the Information School's Research and Resources Administrator at

Entry requirements

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You will usually require:

1. A strong Master's Degree (or be working towards Master's degree at the time of application), with an overall grade of 60% from a UK institution (or equivalent from an overseas university), with a minimum of 60% in a research project/dissertation.

2. A degree from a University classed as 'majority English speaking' by UK Visas and Immigration. If this is dated more than five years prior to your proposed start date, we may require an up-to-date qualification.
An appropriate English language qualification that meets our minimum entry requirements:

Overall score 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0

Details of other qualifications recognised by the University can be found on the English language requirements webpage. However, please be aware that our entry requirements are above the standard minimum listed on these pages. Please contact us for further information if you have an English language qualification other than IELTS. Please be aware that an IELTS qualification must be obtained no more than 2 years prior to the start date of your programme.

3. Two academic references that detail your suitability for PhD study. These should be supplied and signed by academic staff at institutions where you have studied previously and be presented on the official letter-headed paper of the relevant institution. If you have been out of education for the last two years, you may supply one academic reference, along with one from your current employer.

International Students

If you are not a UK/EU national, then you may require a student visa to come to the UK to undertake your PhD. You can find full information about this by visiting the University's webpages for International Students.


If you have any queries, please email the Research and Resources Administrator at