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Selected entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

For the PhD, either:

  • An honours degree (minimum 2:1) degree, or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject, OR
  • An MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution
  • Satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full time

English language

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component
  • TOEFL 600 paper based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0)
  • TOEFL 250 computer based
  • GCSE English grade C

English language requirements for our distance learning programme are:

  • IELTS 7.0, with a score of 6.5 or above in each component
  • TOEFL 623 paper based
  • TOEFL 106 internet based (with a minimum score of 20 in each component)

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these, and general requirements including English language, see entry requirements from your country.

Other entry requirements

Additional requirements for distance learning students

Although the DL PhD maximises flexibility and decreases the need for travel and actual presence on campus (apart from the annual intensive study week), it does not decrease the time and commitment required for serious and successful PhD study. As well as the academic entry requirements distance learning students must also prove that they have the time, commitment and language ability and facilities available needed to work remotely. Students should confirm that they have:

  • Two days per week minimum study time (part-time students); Full-time hours availability (Full-time students)
  • Access to study sites and research participants
  • If seconded from employment to undertake the programme - approval and support from employer for study time
  • Adherence to University and home environment ethics and research governance procedures
  • Consistent computer and IT access
  • Broadband connection: minimum downstream 2 Mb, upstream 256k
  • Software: up to date windows software
  • Webcam and Microphone

Students must maintain expected virtual presence and communication in order to remain registered on the DL PhD programme.

Please note: When applying, distributed learning students should clearly indicate their interest in the distance learning PhD on the application form.