Entry Requirements and How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The PhD programme is open to applicants with the following:

  • a Master's Degree from a British university or equivalent qualifications from a recognised institution.  The School of Education requires a minimum of 60%/grade B in the Dissertation.
  • an Honours Degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution
  • sufficient professional experience to undertake their proposed research. (This means they should have an appropriate background in research or  deemed capable on the basis of their current academic qualifications, professional experiences and supporting references.)
  • You must provide evidence of English language competency if your first language is not English. This may include a British Council IELTS certificate, or GCSE English Language at grade C or above.

  • For IELTS, you must have a a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in ALL four sub-sections (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

Supporting Documents

Please make sure you include the following supporting documentation with your application. If we do not receive the appropriate documentation we cannot process your application.

  • Degree Certificates

We require true copies of both your Honours degree and Master's degree certificates

  • Two references

 One needs to be an academic reference from your Master's Degree

  • Evidence of your English Language Proficiency
  • Transcripts

 We require both 1st and Master's Degree transcripts

  • A 100 word abstract of your draft thesis proposal
  • A draft thesis proposal

This helps us to select students and to choose a suitable supervisor for you.

Your draft proposal should not exceed 10 sides of A4 paper. Please read the ‘Guidelines for PhD proposals accompanying applications’ before completing and submitting your draft proposal.

Download the ‘Guidelines for PhD proposals accompanying applications’ (PDF)


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When to Apply

Applications can be made at any time.

How to Apply

You can apply for the PhD online via the link below:

For further information about the PhD programme and to request a prospectus follow the link below:

What happens next?

Your application and supporting documents will be passed to the Doctoral Studies Admissions Officers for review.

You will be informed as to whether or not your application has been successful.


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