How to apply in 4 steps

1. Our Entry Requirements

You will need a first degree that is equivalent in standard to a UK classification of an Upper Second-Class Honours as a minimum, as well as a good Masters level qualification or equivalent experience. Your studies at Masters level must include a dissertation.

In certain circumstances, we will consider students with other qualifications where these provide reassurance of the capacity to undertake high quality research.

Professional qualifications, such as exceptional Postgraduate Diploma or Legal Practice Course results, can be influential in our decision-making but will rarely be considered an adequate substitute for a Masters degree, because they do not ordinarily provide evidence of research skills.

If your first language is not English and you have not studied at degree level in English before, we will require a qualification in English such as IELTS minimum of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component). 

The decision to offer an award takes into account the quality of the research proposal, the applicant's qualifications, references and, importantly, the availability of two supervisors with relevant expertise, interest and capacity to supervise

2. Develop your research proposal

To enable us to assess your application, you must include an outline research proposal, which should include a summary of your research project, the research questions to be addressed, the methodology to be used, the sources to be consulted and a brief timetable. There is no word limit for the outline research proposals.

If you do not include a research proposal your application will not be considered.

  In the research proposal you should identify:

  • What the main aim(s) of your research will be
  • Why you think the project is worth doing
  • Whether you see any links with previous work
  • What problems you might encounter

Your research proposal will enable us to identify the most appropriate supervisors for your chosen topic. Click here to access information about the areas of research which can be supervised.

Read our Guide to Writing a Research Proposal

3. Apply online

If you are applying to start your studies in 2019, please select Oct 2019 as your start date on the application form. 

Apply now

You can apply online at any time. We strongly recommend that you aim to start your PhD in October therefore you should apply by the end of June.
Please note: if you wish to apply for a scholarship you PhD application must be submitted no later than 17:00 GMT on Monday 14 January 2019, additional information can be found below. 

4. Apply for a Scholarship if you need to

If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please check the specific scholarship instructions on our Scholarships page, as you may need to provide additional information for this.


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