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EngineeringPostgraduate study

How to apply

Applications for our postgraduate programmes can be made using our online application form.

Apply here

How to apply for a postgraduate research degree:

1. Choose your research programme
2. Check you meet the general entry requirements
3. Identify a research project or a potential supervisor
4. Identify how you will fund your postgraduate research degree
5. Apply online


1.  Choose your research programme

We offer a number of different programmes, including:

2.  Check you meet the general entry requirements

The general entry requirement for a postgraduate research degree in engineering is a first or upper-second class degree, or an equivalent standard in another qualification approved by the University.

As well as academic qualifications and practical experience, we look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

International students

If you are an international applicant, you will need to ensure that your academic and English language qualifications meet our entry requirements. You should apply as early as possible if you need to secure a UK visa or if you are applying for funding or sponsorship.

For more information, please see the University’s webpages for international students.

English language entry requirements

If you are not from an English-speaking country, you will need to meet our English language entry requirements during the admissions process. If you have recently taken an English Language Test, please upload the official test report with your online application.

For more information, please see the University’s webpages on English language entry requirements.

3.  Identify a research project or a potential supervisor

We have many cutting-edge research projects lead by academic supervisors who are experts in their field. For more information, please see our advertised projects.

If you decide to write your own research proposal, it is essential that you propose a potential supervisor. You may wish to look at our research themes to help you find an appropriate supervisor with relevant expertise. We recommend that you email your proposed supervisor to discuss your research proposal before you apply online.

4.  Identify how you will fund your postgraduate research degree

If you are applying for an advertised project, it will have a studentship that consists of EU/UK level fees and a stipend for living costs.  Please read the advert carefully to check the level of funding and make sure that you are eligible for it. For example, many of our studentships only cover the UK/EU level of fees with a stipend, so international students would need to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

If you are writing your own research proposal, you can choose to self-fund your degree or look for an external scholarship. If you are an EU or international student, we offer a range of scholarship and funding schemes with our external partners. There may also be funding opportunities offered by organisations in your home country.

For more information, please see the University’s webpages on fees and funding.

5.  Apply online

You are now ready to complete the online application here.

Please make sure you complete the following information:

This information is essential and we cannot process your application without it.

We recommend that you contact your referees before you submit your application to confirm that they are happy to provide references for you.

We recommend that this is about 300 words and includes the following:

a)    Why do you want to do a postgraduate research degree?

b)    What skills or qualities can you offer that make you suitable for postgraduate study?

Please upload the following supporting documents:

1.    Please upload your academic transcript for your Bachelor’s degree and, if applicable, your Master’s degree(s). If you are currently studying a degree, please provide an interim transcript with a list of the modules you have taken and your grades.

2.    Please upload your degree certificates for the degrees you have been awarded.

If your academic documents are not in English, please upload official translations as well as the original documents.

We will usually email your referees to request references for you, but if you already have 2 academic references, you can upload them with your application. These references must be written in English on university headed paper, dated recently and signed by your referees.

If you are not from an English-speaking country and you have recently taken an English Language Test, please provide the official test report.

What happens next?

We will email you to confirm that we have received your application. If any documents or information are missing, we will ask you to provide them

We will send your application to your proposed supervisor, who may contact you to arrange an interview. Once a decision has been made, we will email you to confirm the outcome of your application.

Contact us

If you have any questions about your application or the admissions process, please contact the Faculty’s Graduate School Office.

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 7387

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