How to Apply
Applications should be made through the University’s online application process.
Before you submit an application, you should consider how your proposed research fits with the research interests of staff and the School’s research areas. It is important that you get a clear idea of the kind of research interests of the School. It is recommended that you contact preferred supervisors before submitting an application and well in advance of scholarship deadlines (see Scholarships and Fees). In order for your application to be progressed as quickly as possible you should identify potential supervisors on the application form. A list of the academic staff and their research interests can be found in the People section of the website and a summary of their research interests can be downloaded here.
The heart of your application will be your research proposal. This should be a document of 3,000 – 3,500 words and should normally include the following:
A clear statement of the proposed research topic and the research question(s) that are guiding your investigation. Explain the importance and originality of the proposed topic.
- Literature review
A concise examination of relevant academic publications relating to the area of research in question. You should use the literature review to identify gaps in, or problems with, existing research to justify why further or new research is required. A list of references of the literature cited in the proposal should be listed at the end of the document. Use of the Harvard style of referencing is preferred.
A description of your choice of methodology and why this methodology might be the most appropriate for your topic. Include details of methods of data collection and analysis, even if this is preliminary at this stage.
An approximate timetable showing a realistic plan for the completion of your research and writing within three years.
Your application will require the following paperwork:
- PhD Study Application Form
- Transcripts, including Grading System, of your Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees
- Certificates of your Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees
- Two Academic References (submitted on the University template)
- IELTS Certificate (where appropriate): IELTS Band Score 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in any skill area) – note that this is higher than the standard University requirement. For a successful PhD a strong ‘writing’ score is of particular importance.
- PhD Research Proposal
- If applying for a scholarship – you should also complete a scholarship application form – please see Scholarships and Fees
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