School of GeoSciences

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To apply, you need to complete the online application form

If you have a question relating to the application process please complete the admissions team's contact form:


Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.

If English is not your first language, you will receive a conditional offer until you provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Please see links below for international equivalents and our English language requirements.

Find out the entry requirements for this degree, and apply for it, on the university’s online prospectus.

Application and Supporting Documents

Your application should be submitted online. When you complete the online form you have the opportunity to upload supporting documents.  Please ensure that ALL of the following are included in your application:

  • 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 - English Language Proficiency guidance)
  • Certified translations, if your original documents are not in English
  • A research proposal (not exceeding two pages)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A personal statement  (no more than 500 words)


Your academic referees will need a copy of the Referee Guidance Note.

Referee Guidance Notes and templates

Helpful resources 

GeoSciences Writing a Research Proposal page 

How to Write a Good Research Proposal PDF

Writing a Personal Statement

Research proposal

As part of the application process, all candidates must submit a research proposal. This should be no longer than two sides of A4, and should give a brief but clear description of:

  • The proposed research topic and its aims
  • The relevance of the proposed research to current work
  • The proposed methodology
  • The probable resource requirements of the project (indication only)
  • Why this topic is of interest to you in terms of your experience to date

We welcome proposals on a topic you have devised yourself or on research relating to one of our specialist research themes.

You may feel that you would like to discuss the topic with a probable prospective supervisor. You can find more information on staff and their research interests here:


If you are not from the UK, you are likely to need permission to study here, as well as evidence of English language proficiency.

Applicants who meet the entry requirements and who are offered a place on the programme are generally eligible for a visa, provided other financial criteria are met. You need to apply for the visa separately, once you have been offered and accepted a place; the University will issue a CAS certificate which is required for visa applications.

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