How to Apply

Open Days

Attending an open day can provide you the opportunity to meet academic staff in the department, tour our facilities and ask any questions you have to help you make an informed decision. For dates and further details on our open days, please see the Open Day webpage.

How to Apply?

Before Applying

Before applying we recommend contacting our academic staff directly to discuss your research interests and see if they may be interested in supervising your PhD project. You can find more information about the departmental research groups, academic staff & publications here:

Apply online

Please complete the online application form & attach the following documents:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and academic transcripts showing your previous qualifications. If these are in a language other than English, please provide the certificate in the original language and an official English translation.

  • Copies of any English Language Qualification e.g., IELTS.

  • Two recent references (one of which must be from your most recent place of study).

  • Research proposal & the name of your proposed supervisor (if known).

  • Up to Date CV.

Apply via Post

We can also accept postal applications, although these take longer for us to process. If you wish to apply using our paper application form, please email for further details.

When to apply?

We accept PhD applications throughout the entire year as students can start at the beginning of every month. For overseas Students we advise you apply at least three months before your intended start date to allow enough time for the visa application.

What happens next?

Your application will be considered by the School and you will normally receive a response within approximately four weeks. Please ensure you include all the supporting documents listed above for your application to be considered as quickly as possible.

If you experience any difficulties or have any questions please contact Postgraduate Admissions on


The Department currently has a number of PhD Scholarships available

The University also has competitive scholarships on offer; you can find further details at

In addition our Chinese partnership University XJTLU often has many international scholarships for PhD positions. These Dual Degrees are taught entirely in English & normally include a period of study in both institutions. Further information can be found at