How to apply for Melbourne dual-award studentships

Find out what you need to do to apply for a Melbourne dual-award programme.

Applications are now welcome to the dual-award programme between The University of Manchester and The University of Melbourne.

You should contact the lead supervisor named in your chosen project information page for initial discussion before submitting your formal application.

Deadline for formal applications is 31 January 2020.

Interviews will be held week commencing 16 March 2020.

Step 1: Choose your project

Decide on the project(s) that are most relevant to your research interests from the list of available projects.

Find a project.

Under each project there are contact details of the lead supervisor and details of the PhD programme that you will formally apply for.

Step 2: Contact your relevant lead supervisor

Contact the relevant academic lead supervisor for your chosen project (as detailed in the individual project information). 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the named Manchester lead supervisor for an initial discussion before submitting an official application form. This will give you an opportunity to discuss the project with them and check that you are eligible to apply.   

Step 3: Check you are eligible

To be eligible for the programme, applicants should be from the UK/EU and must meet the entry requirements of both The University of Manchester and The University of Melbourne to be accepted.

The University of Manchester admissions criteria can be found under the specific PhD programme information provided as part of the project details. You can also look at The University of Melbourne admissions criteria for help. 

Step 4: Register to apply

When you have completed discussions with the relevant lead supervisor about the project, it is then time for you to submit your formal application to The University of Manchester. (You do not need to submit an application to the University of Melbourne at this stage.)

Go to the postgraduate application form and ensure you read all the instructions carefully.

Step 5: Create a new application

Select 'Postgraduate Research' as the 'Academic Career' on the application form.

On the 'Programme description' section of the application form, search for and select the PhD programme as indicated on the individual project . Work your way through the application form, including all details as requested.

For Part 3 – 'Proposed Research', identify your first choice supervisor and project title (this should be the lead supervisor name on the project). In the 'Further information' section, list up to two more lead supervisors and project titles if you wish to apply for more than one project on the programme.

For Part 8 – 'Main Funding Source', select Internal, University Scholarship, Awarding Body: Melbourne Dual-Award. The other boxes can remain blank (you can also include this information in the ‘Proposed Programme of Study section > Research Details field’). 

You may apply for up to three projects of interest on your application form. You do not need to submit a separate application for each project.

Step 6: Supporting documents

Your application form must be accompanied by a number of supporting documents.

  • A supporting statement. This should be a maximum of 500 words summarising your motivation for PhD study, outlining any research experience and why you want to do a postgraduate research degree at Manchester. Please also include detail on how you would approach and progress the project you have applied for.
  • Two references from people who have knowledge of your academic ability. References must be signed, dated and on headed paper. References should be accompanied by a Referee report form.
  • Certificates and transcripts from all your current/previous degrees.
  • Official English Language transcript (IELTS or TOEFL), if applicable.
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV).

All supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form.

Step 7: Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, or if you have not studied recently in the UK, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note the IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years. 

Details on language requirements can be found on the individual PhD Programme information page relevant to the project.

Step 8: Acknowledgement

Once submitted you will receive acknowledgement that your application has been received. Once all your supporting documents have been received, your application will be reviewed and circulated to your preferred supervisor(s).

Step 9: Interview

You will be kept informed of the progress of your application throughout the application procedure. We will contact you directly if we wish to invite you to interview in March 2020.

Contact us

For general queries about the Melbourne dual-award, email PGR and Researcher Funding Manager Lorna Jones.  

Application enquiries can be directed to the contact information held in the PhD programme information for your chosen project.  

If you have a query about a specific research project, you should contact the Manchester supervisor regarding your interest and application. Contact details for supervisors can be found in the University's online directory.