Academic Entry Requirements for PhD and MPhil Degrees and Professional Doctorates

Academic entry requirements for PhD, MPhil, and professional doctorate programmes at the University of Leicester
Academic Requirements and Personal Attributes

PhD and MPhil applicants must hold:

  • a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours

or

  • an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution

The undergraduate qualification should normally be in a subject relevant to the subject of the PhD/MPhil.

Research degrees are demanding and intensive programmes. To succeed at this level, applicants must be highly motivated, be able to work independently and as part as part of a team, be able to plan and manage their own work, and have an appropriate familiarity with the discipline and its associated research techniques.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, all applicants for research degree programmes are required to satisfy the English language entry requirements.

Masters Degrees Requirement

In some cases - and particularly for funded studentships - applicants must also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

If a Masters degree is required, this will be stated in the course description or studentship advert.

Qualifications Not Completed at Time of Application

Applicants who have not yet completed their undegraduate or (if required) Masters degree may still be considered if they can provide evidence that they will complete this before the start of the PhD/MPhil and that their marks/grades to date are at an appropriate level.

Equivalency of Overseas Qualifications

International applicants who need advice on the equivalency of their qualification(s) should contact the Admissions Office - please email pgradmissions@le.ac.uk

Please provide the:

  • full title and subject area of the qualification
  • name and country of the awarding institution
  • your marks/grades to date
Distance Learning

Applicants for distance learning research degree programmes must hold the standard academic entry requirements as described above. In addition, applicants for these programmes may need to demonstrate that they have access to appropriate research facilities/ resources - such as an academic library.

For more advice, please see the course description.

Professional Doctorates

Applicants for professional doctorate programmes must hold the standard academic entry requirements as described above. In addition, applicants for these programmes must usually hold a Masters degree and be employed in a relevant context.

For more advice, please see the course description.

Non-Standard Qualifications and Professional Experience

Applicants who do not hold the standard academic entry requirements may be considered if they can demonstrate relevant research/ professional experience.

For more advice, please contact the course team.

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