How to apply

There are three ways to apply for a PhD.

Develop your own idea and find a supervisor

Find out who's doing the kind of research you're interested in and familiarise yourself with their work. 

Use the 'find a supervisor' search tool

Apply to work with a supervisor on one of their projects

Take a look at our current list of research projects, you'll find a supervisor comes attached.

Apply to a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

CDTs are a radical alternative to the usual PhD, taking 3 or 4 years to complete and combine taught modules with original research. Apply direct:

Further information

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our admissions team:

Prof John ProvisProfessor John Provis - Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 5490

Andrew Keating

Andrew Keating - Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 5941


Once you've made your decision, visit the postgraduate online application form and enter your details. The form is divided into two parts; the first for personal information, including English language ability and your previous education and employment, the second for which course you wish to apply for. You can apply for a total of three different postgraduate courses.

Your application

You will need to include certain documents to support your application, for example evidence of your previous qualifications and a personal statement. You can supply these by simply uploading them to the relevant sections of your online application.

For further information about what you need, visit the supporting documents page.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will need a CAS number to include in your application.

After you apply

After we receive your application, we will create an applicant record for you. When this is ready we will send you an email containing your application and choice numbers. You should normally receive this email within two working days. Your application is then sent to our admissions team for consideration.

Once we have made a decision on your application, we will send you an email to tell you what that the decision is and what you need to do next.

It's worth noting you can check the progress of your application at any time simply by logging back into your form.