How to apply
Listed information on how to apply to the Advanced Care Research Centre Academy PhD cohort.
Applications for some of the PhD studentships have re-opened. There is an initial deadline of 5th May 2021.
Applications for the following year will open in autumn. Thank you for your interest.
General entry requirements
Applications will only be considered from those prospective students who can effectively demonstrate their interest in the challenge of care for those in later life.
We are looking for candidates who have (or who expected to be awarded), at least a 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. Candidates with a 2:2 and sufficient work experience may be considered.
Typically candidates will already have a good understanding of the field they propose to study.
There is no need to contact a supervisor before applying – the projects are described on the website and on findaPhD.
Candidates can apply for up to 3 projects but must submit separate applications for each. Only one set of supporting documents and references is required.
We welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Student recruitment fees and stipend
The ACRC Academy Programme has funding for an intake of twelve students per year.
The funding is available to applicants from the UK, EU and internationally (non-EU).
A maximum of 3 funded places will be awarded to international students (non-EU).
The funding package includes fees, enhanced stipend, and modest consumables and travel budget.
All students will receive a starting stipend of £16,500 per annum.
International student entry requirements
Find out about country-specific postgraduate entry requirements .
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS/Academic IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.
Find out more about our language requirements:
Submitting applications for entry in September 2021
What you need to do
- Complete online application form
- Complete demography form
- Send supporting documents to email@example.com
- Ensure referees send in reference form by closing date
Details for each section are given below.
Closing date for all applications is 11.59am GMT on Wednesday 5th May 2021. Applications submitted late, incomplete or in the wrong format cannot be accepted.
1. Online application form
When you submit your application you will receive a confirmation on your screen. You will not receive an email confirmation of your submission. Please take a screen shot of this as evidence of your submission
2. Applicant demography
3. Supporting documents required
Standard Curriculum vitae. Your CV should be 4 pages maximum, font size 11 and saved in A4 or US letter. Save in pdf in the format family name first name CV.
Academic transcripts of first degree courses (and second degree if applicable) - all transcripts should be provided in English, or with official translation if necessary
Copies of degree certificates with final classification - an official translation should be provided if necessary
All applicants should give the names of two referees (academic or professional, whichever most appropriate) on their application form. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact each of their referees and ask the referee to complete and submit the referee form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The referee forms should be returned in pdf format directly by the referees by email to email@example.com by 11.59am GMT on Wednesday 5th May 2021. Please save in pdf in the format family name first name referee name.