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Frequently asked questions about the application process

We understand that there is a lot you need to think about when you’re applying for a postgraduate research degree. Below is some information to guide you through the application process.

A guide to applying

What happens next?

We will keep you informed of the progress of your application throughout the process. It normally takes 4-6 weeks between application and the final decision.

Assessing your application

Once we have received your application form, research proposal and supporting documents, your application will be reviewed by relevant members of academic staff within the faculty to which you have applied.

Interview stage

If your application has met all the minimum entry requirements, you may be invited to an interview. Where possible, you should attend the University in person for this- however, if you are an overseas applicant or are unable to travel, you may be interviewed via video conferencing (e.g. Skype) or other suitable means.

The interview panel will normally include your potential supervisors and/or other relevant academics within the faculty.

Making an offer

If your application is successful, an offer will be made to you via your myhub account. You will be asked to confirm your acceptance within 14 days to secure your place on the programme.

Important information for international students

If you are an international student, it is important that you check whether you require a visa or entry clearance to study in the UK. It is your responsibility to arrange your student visa or to apply for entry clearance if required. Please note that the offer letter that will be sent to you cannot be used for visa purposes. A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will be issued to you once your deposit has been received/verified by the relevant payment authority, and also when all conditions of your offer have been met.