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How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate research degree with BU, simply go to the course page that you’re interested in and click ‘Apply now’. You will then be taken to our online application portal, myHub.

You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full. You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green - only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green.

We will take the following factors into account when considering your application:

  • Academic qualifications
  • The nature and viability of your proposed research
  • The university's capacity to provide you with appropriate supervision throughout your research
  • English language proficiency
  • Evidence of access to appropriate resources to support your living costs and pay registration fees over the period of your research.

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies and provide a personal statement. Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

Please note that all research proposals will be screened for originality using Turnitin software as a matter of course.

Contacting potential supervisors

It is highly recommended, although not essential, that you contact potential supervisors before submitting your application to ensure we have the supervisory capacity for your research. Please select the relevant Faculty and then select the relevant department, you will then find a list of academic staff in the department and their areas of expertise. You will then be able to click on their names to find full contact details.

Evidence of qualifications

We will ask you to provide evidence of your qualifications when you apply to study with us. Please do not send us the originals via post - we only require scanned colour copies to assess your application. If you are successful, you will need to bring the original documents or transcripts with you to enrolment.

If you are applying for a course based on your professional experience, you should include this experience as part of your application.


We will ask you to supply the details of two referees, one should be an academic reference and one should be a professional reference We will contact them to request references as part of your application with your permission.

Awaiting exam results

You can still apply for a postgraduate research degree with us if you are waiting for exam results, or have yet to take your exams. You simply need to make sure you clearly state when you are taking your exams and when you expect to receive your results on your application.

Visas and immigration

If you will need a visa to come to the UK to study at a postgraduate level, think carefully about the length of time it will take for your visa application to be processed and make sure your visa will be ready in time for the beginning of your course.

We have put together some information and advice about immigration and visas and our International Admissions Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We also have a number of official representatives in countries around the world who can assist you with your application and who you can talk to about postgraduate study in the UK.

Application deadlines

There are two main entry points for research degrees: September and January. The deadlines for applications for each are as follows:

  • For the autumn term (starting in September) - 30 June
  • For the spring term (starting in January) - 31 October.

If you have any enquiries please email

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