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Application deadline

The deadline for the receipt of applications for admission in October 2020 is Friday 10th January 2020. Applications received after this deadline may be considered if there are places available but cannot be considered for University funding. Please refer to our individual course pages to check the admission status of each course.

Entry Requirements

Full details of the entry requirements for admission to the DPhil and Masters by Research courses are available on the Graduate Admissions webpage for this course.

Making an application

All applications for graduate study are processed on the University’s Student Management System. See Applying for graduate study for full details.

Further information to guide you through the admission process can be found in the Application Guide. A fee of £75 is required prior to uploading your complete application. In some circmstances an application fee can be waived.

Students are strongly advised to contact their prospective supervisor to discuss their interest in the group’s research before submitting an application. Please be aware that some supervisors receive a large number of enquiries from prospective students, so please allow time for a response. Supervisor contact details can be found on their profile pages.

The application form

  • Personal statement: Here you should write, in no more than 1000 words, a personal statement detailing your relevant background, as well as your interests and motivations in pursuing postgraduate research study.
  • Proposed field and title of research project: Please enter the title of the project for which you wish to apply.

Applicants will also be required to supply a CV, official academic transcripts and the details of three appropriate referees. Do make sure we receive the references before the closing date otherwise your application will be deemed “incomplete”.

How places are awarded

Our graduate admissions round is highly competitive. Places are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and performance at interview. Applicants who, as part of our admissions process, are top-ranked will be automatically nominated for funded studentships. Further details about fees and available funding can be found here.