When to Apply - PhD and MPhil Degrees and Professional Doctorates

When to apply for PhD, MPhil, and professional doctorate programmes at the University of Leicester
Start Dates

Most PhD and MPhil degree programmes start in September, January or April. Other start dates may be possible.

For advice on start dates other than September, January or April on PhD and MPhil programmes, please contact the course team.

Distance Learning

For advice on start dates for distance learning research degrees, please see the course description.

Professional Doctorates

For advice on start dates for professional doctorates, please see the course description.

Application Deadlines

There is no closing date for the receipt of applications and applications can be submitted at any time.  However, it is important that applications are submitted as far in advance of the proposed start date as possible.

Applicants should allow a minimum of six weeks for an application to be considered.

Please note though that:

  • funded studentships will normally have a closing date for receipt of applications - please see the studentship advert


  • international applicants that require a visa to study in the UK should submit their application at least 3-4 months before the proposed start date 

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