How to Apply

PhD programme applications are now closed for 2017/18. We will be introducing an amended structure for 2018/19, and will update our website in due course.


The formal PhD application and admissions process is handled by the Graduate Admissions Office . All applicants are advised to read the Graduate Prospectus [PDF] (for entry in 2017) on the Graduate Admissions pages.

Your application will not be considered until we have received all of your supporting documents from Graduate Admissions.  Please ensure that you monitor the progress of your application using the tracker.

Application Documents

If you choose to apply, your application documents will include the completed application formreferences and transcripts

In addition, you are required to submit a research proposal with your application:

  • The proposal should be of approximately 3,000 words
  •  It should include a preliminary title and set of questions based on your identification of the key literature and current debates in the field, and a discussion of your proposed research approach
  • Describe your motivation for selecting your topic and state why you think your proposal will make a significant and original contribution to the field
  • Tell us how you think your research fits into the current research profile of the Faculty Group in which your chosen PhD track is based. Please take time to review the academic work of the Group. Start by reading about our Groups' research foci.

For a full explanation of what you need to supply, please see How to Apply  and Completing Your Application.

Once we have received a formal application from Graduate Admissions, we will review it internally and get back to you regarding our decision.


Successful applicants are assigned supervisors by the Faculty Group according to suitability and staff workload. Any preference for a particular member of faculty can be included in your personal statement and will be taken into consideration. 

Unfortunately faculty members are unable to comment on your eligibility without viewing your full application file first. However, if you have any questions regarding your application contact the PhD Office at and the department will be best able to assist you from there. 

Any questions?

To find out the status of your application you can use the Track Your Application webpage.

For remaining questions on the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly. To email Graduate Admissions you must first try to find the answer to your question by running a search on the Admissions Enquiries page. You will then be offered the option, via a box at the bottom of the screen (headed 'To send a written enquiry') to email Graduate Admissions direct.