School of GeoSciences

Application Process

A step-by-step guide to applying for a PhD.

You can apply for your chosen project online. Application deadlines depend on the project you are interested in. 

On this page
Satisfying entry requirements
Contacting a supervisor
Applying online
Obtaining funding
Obtaining a visa

Satisfying entry requirements

Before making an online application, you first need to satisfy that you meet the entry requirements. If you are unclear, you can discuss this with your potential supervisor. They will also be able to advise you about application deadlines.

Contacting a supervisor

You then need to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project.

You can choose from available research projects or discuss your own research project, working with one subject area or across a range of disciplines.

If you would like to undertake multidisciplinary research, you might find it helpful to talk to more than one potential supervisor.

Applying online

Once you have discussed your project with a potential supervisor, you can apply online using our degree finder.

Many programmes are available as full-time or part-time study, and you can choose which to apply for. Due to UKBA regulations, students who are not from the EU are not able to study part-time.

When applying online, please ensure you upload all the relevant documentation, please see below what to include:

  • A transcript with all of your results achieved to date 
  • Copies of your degree/ diploma certificate, if you have already completed your qualification
  • Two academic references
  • Evidence of your competence in written and spoken English, if English is not your first language (we accept various types of English tests. Find out more on the English Language requirements page)
  • Certified translations, if your original documents are not in English
  • A research proposal (not exceeding two pages)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A personal statement (not exceeding 500 words)

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Obtaining funding

A range of funding options may be available to you. Many of these options have deadlines early in the academic year before you start your research project.

Social Sciences applicants should clearly specify in the ‘funding’ section of the form whether they want to be considered for an ESRC or AHRC studentship.

Obtaining a visa

International students may need permission to study in the UK.