SUMS PhD how to apply entry reqs

How to apply

PhD application checklistTo apply to study for a PhD with us, you will need to make a formal application using the University’s online application form. We will not be able to process an application until we receive all of the required details, a research proposal and supporting documents.

We have two start dates a year for PhD students. Our preferred start date is 1 October, however we do recognise that not everyone will be able to commence studies at that time, so we also offer a second start date of 1 February.

For the 1 October start date, a full application must have been received by 15 July.

For 1 February start date, a full application must have been received by 15 November.

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These key documents should be supplied with your application:

  • Proof of your previous degrees and transcripts
  • Two academic references (if you have attended a UK institution, at least one should be from there)
  • English language certificates
  • Your research proposal
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Entry Requirements

You will normally need a first degree that is equivalent to a UK classification of upper second class honours or above. In addition, a good masters level qualification of merit or above, with a minimum of 60 per cent in the dissertation, research project element or equivalent experience.

We also accept an MBA from an accredited school where the candidate can demonstrate that a significant research element has been undertaken.

Professional qualifications can be influential in our decision making but are not usually considered to be an adequate substitute for a Masters degree because they do not ordinarily provide evidence of research skills.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English and you have not studied at degree level in an English speaking country in the last three years, our standard English Language requirement is IELTS at 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent. Click here for more detailed information.

The decision to make an offer 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.

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