Acceptance onto a research degree programme is dependent upon strong academic credentials and research potential, a well-defined research project, and the availability of academic staff to supervise your research. If you are applying with your own project, please note that it can take some time to reach a decision on your application as we try and match your proposed research to available supervisory expertise. Therefore, please submit your application well in advance of any funding deadlines to allow sufficient time for processing.
Please check our FAQs which will answer any queries you may have.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
Research degrees are in the following research groups/clusters; Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP); Cities and Social Justice; Citizenship and Belonging; Ecology and Global Change; River Basin Processes and Management. Applicants can submit their own research proposal or choose to do research on areas/topics proposed by the School. Applications are also welcome from students wishing to do research in the School of Geography in collaboration with research staff from other departments.
Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP); Cities and Social Justice; Citizenship and Belonging; Ecology and Global Change; River Basin Processes and Management.
Information for international students
tudents whose first language is not English are required to meet minimum standards in English, usually by achieving the scores listed below in an IELTS or TOEFL test. Please note that tests must be not be more than 2 years old by the start date of your studies with us. If you subsequently defer your offer of a place, please check that your English language certificate will still be less than 2 years old by your new start date. If not, you will need to take another test and again meet the requirements listed below.
- IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all components.
- TOEFL IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): 87 with a minimum score of 20 in listening and reading, 21 in writing and 22 in speaking.
- a postgraduate degree from a majority English speaking country.The duration of the degree must be at least 12 months and awarded less than 2 years and 4 months from the proposed start date of the PhD
- an undergraduate degree from a majority English speaking country . The duration of the degree must be at least 2 academic sessions and be awarded less than 2 years and 4 months from the proposed start date of the PhD.
- Other English language qualifications are also accepted. For a full list and further details of English language requirements,please click here and scroll down to "postgraduate research study".
Please note that for postgraduate research study, we continue to be able to accept IELTS from both Secure English Language Test (SELT) and non-SELT test centres. For entry to programmes below degree level (including the English language pre-sessional programmes), English language qualifications must be listed as UKVI approved SELTs and taken in approved test centres.
Fees and funding
You can start a research degree on the first of any month however the majority of University and Research Council funding starts on 1st October. Applications can be made at any time of the year unless there is a specific scholarships deadline you are working towards. Most University and Research Council scholarship competitions have deadlines between January and June so please check this carefully on our funding page or the University's Postgraduate Scholarships database.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Jacqui Manton
- +44 (0) 113 34 36531