Applying for a PhD


How to Apply

Step 1.

Prepare a research proposal (1,500 words), these Research Proposal Guidelines may help you compose and/or refine your proposal. While there is no expectation for you to do so, you may wish to contact our Director of Graduate Studies if you require any further assistance or advice or if you want to discuss how well your topic ‘fits’ with the research expertise of our staff.

Step 2.

Submit your formal application. Forms can be downloaded and printed from Postgraduate Admissions Office and sent by email to Postgraduate Admissions or by hardcopy. You can also apply online via UKPASS.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for entry to our PhD programme are generally expected to hold a First or high Upper Second Class Honours degree from a British university (or equivalent from a non-UK university), and to have a strong performance in a relevant Masters degree.

Application Deadlines

There are different PhD funding deadlines for the AberDoc competition and Economic and Social Reserach Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Reserach Council (AHRC) competitions. Please ensure that your application is submitted, complete, before the relevant deadline.

Self-funded applicants intending to start in 2020-21 need to submit all application materials by 1 August 2020.


An interview is an integral part of the application process. Applicants who progress to the second stage of the application process will be interviewed in person or by Skype. The interview is also a central part of the process of determining the allocation of funding.


Writing a Research Proposal

Research Proposal Guidelines

Sample research proposals:

   Sample research proposal 1
   Sample research proposal 2
   Sample research proposal 3