Applying for a PhD Applying for a PhD

Apply for fully funded Ph.D studentships here – application deadline 12 Feb 2016.

PhD candidates are expected to undertake advanced, independent research on topics related to the Research Groups and staff in the School. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the research expertise and interests page to find a suitable primary supervisor for their area of research. All research students will be allocated a team of supervisors to guide them through the programme of independent study. In addition to supervisory support towards independent study on your thesis, there are a series of faculty supported advanced doctoral training programmes and personal and professional development (PPD) courses that will also be available as part of your studies.

Some guidance on writing a research proposal is available here.

Make your application through our online application process. If you wish to speak to someone about your application, please contact the PGR Admissions Director – Prof. Anna Robinson-Pant or for general enquiries, contact the Postgraduate Research Admissions Office. The registration dates are: October, January, April and July.

Applicants are normally expected to have a masters degree. Ph.D applicants from October 2015 onwards are registered directly onto the PhD programme, the first year of which will be considered a probationary period. Probation must be confirmed within the first twelve months of full-time study (twenty-four months for part-time students) by a School review panel composed of members and non-members of your supervisory team. The specific requirements of probation can be accessed here.

If you have further questions about this, please contact the PGR (Postgraduate Research) Director – Dr. Esther Priyadharshini

Self-funded PGR students who have their Ph.D/Ed.D based abstracts/papers accepted at any UK/Europe based conference are financially supported to attend such conferences (registration fees, travel and accommodation for example). Applications for such requests must be made to the school’s Research Director – Prof. Victoria Carrington.

In addition, the school’s PGR students are eligible to be nominated (mainly by supervisors) for the Social Science Faculty PGR Prizes - currently offered to a) the best paper/conference proceeding authored by a PGR student; b) best teaching contribution; c) public engagement and d) the PGR who has made the best contribution to the PGR community (peer- nominated prize).