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Postgraduate Study - PhD and Research Degrees

Entry requirements

For all research degrees you will normally be required to have obtained or expect to obtain a first degree equivalent to at least a UK 2:1 Honours degree. You will need at least a 2:1 or its equivalent in order to be considered by any of the main funding bodies. For some programmes we also consider evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience.

Where an applicant has taken or is taking, more than one academic qualification that meets our entry requirements, the University reserves the right to make an offer on the most recent academic qualification.

Specific requirements for programmes

Entry requirements for research programmes vary and are dependent on your previous academic qualifications, experience and personal qualities.  Please see individual research topic pages and also contact your faculty/department of interest to discuss your suitability.

The University recognises a wide range of international qualifications and equivalencies. If you are studying outside the UK the grading system and level of qualification in your country may not be the same as in the UK. If you are unsure whether your qualification meets our entry requirements, you can find out more information on our Entry requirements pages, by clicking on the country or region in which you have studied.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact the ECCTIS (Educational Counselling and Credit Transfer Information Service) or the Admissions Office for further guidance about their suitability for entry to our programmes, providing as much detail as possible.