How to apply for a research degree

Please follow these steps when applying for your Postgraduate Research degree.

1. Your idea

Think about how you will present your idea in your proposal and read as much as possible around your subject area.

Time and care taken at this stage will be more likely to result in an offer.

2. Choose your subject area

Find the subject area that relates to your topic.

Find out what subject areas are available.

3. Contact a potential supervisor

Within that subject area find an academic who has an interest in the relevant field and make contact with them to discuss your proposed research. Send them a very brief resume of your topic rather than lots of documents or lengthy proposals.

Find an academic by searching for your research area.

4. Finalise the proposal

Your research proposal is a vital part of your application, as it demonstrates that your chosen research topic is significant, necessary and will enable you to make an original contribution to knowledge in your field. It also shows whether your project is feasible with the expected time period. 

Please complete a 1,500 word proposal using the standard Christ Church format which includes your intended area of research, core research questions, possible methodologies and how you intend tocomplete the research in the available time.

5. Deadline  

If you're applying to study for a research degree, the deadlines are as follows:

  • For 1 October registration: Extended deadline 31 May.
  • For 1 January registration: Applications must be received by 30 September.

6. Apply

An application for a research degree is a time-consuming process, both for you and the University. It’s important that you allow enough time to prepare your application and supporting materials, and to secure transcripts of your qualifications as well as the support of your referees.

You’ll need to consider application and registration deadlines for your degree, as well as your funding. You’ll also need to attend an interview, ideally face-to-face, but telephone or Skype are alternatives if you can’t travel to Canterbury.

Apply now for your research degree

Applications will be completed using the University's Online Application Portal.

Please complete the following steps before entering the portal because you will be instructed to upload the supporting documents during application.

  1. Complete your research proposal
  2. Ask two academic referees who can comment authoritatively on your research potential to each complete a referees report:
  3. Evidence that you have a good bachelor degree (or equivalent) where your dissertation is written in English (NB some subjects require a higher entry qualification)

Apply now through the online portal

For 1 October registration, the application deadline has been extended to 31 May.

Applications will be completed using the University's Online Application Portal.

Please complete the following steps before entering the portal because you will be instructed to upload the supporting documents during application.

  1. Complete your research proposal
  2. Ask two academic referees who can comment authoritatively on your research potential to each complete a referees report:
  3. Evidence that you have a good bachelor degree (or equivalent) where your dissertation is written in English (NB some subjects require a higher entry qualification)

Apply now through the online portal

For 1 October registration, the application deadline has been extended to 31 May.

Once applications are received:

  1. Applications are sent to the appropriate Programme Directors who consider all applications in consultation with their colleagues
  2. They will then send out invitations to interview. This is a highly selective and very competitive process which can take some time
  3. Programme Directors then recommend their preferred candidates to the Graduate School who will provide offer letters and student contracts

7. Fees and funding  

Please ensure that you have considered how you are going to fund your research degree. 

Further details about postgraduate degree fees.

Information and advice about funding your research degree.

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Last edited: 28/04/2016 14:28:00