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Choosing a supervisor

A postgraduate supervisory team will ensure that your requirements and issues are addressed by providing support, advice and guidance throughout your research degree.

Find your ideal supervisor

Browse our online profiles of research-active staff.

Check the relevant School or Faculty website, as these will feature lists of academics and their research interests.

Approaching prospective supervisors

  • Read through their online profile and familiarise yourself with a couple of their publications.
  • Compose a brief email highlighting your awareness of their research and how it aligns with your research interests.
  • Indicate your intention to apply for doctoral study and interest in working with them.
  • Summarise your research background and who you've previously worked with on research projects.

If you need to write a research proposal, you should run this past your prospective supervisor for discussion before you submit your final application.