PhD Education / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2021
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How to apply
Advice to applicants
- two references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work, on headed paper from the institution, signed, dated and stamped;
- a degree certificate and transcript for your bachelor's and master's degrees;
- a research proposal;
- evidence of your English language proficiency;
- a personal statement outlining your reasons for wishing to study on the programme, and the experience and skills you will bring;
- a detailed CV.
Admission to studying for a PhD or a Professional Doctorate is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.
Your supervisor will be an important part of your PhD programme. It's a close relationship over more than years, through which you develop your ideas, skills, thinking and research. Your supervisor's research interests should therefore closely align to yours.
If you aren't applying for a specific project, you'll need to find potential supervisors who will support your research. Details on recent publications, ongoing projects and particular research interests are all available on our academics' profiles .
Academics with capacity to take on new research students are happy to provide feedback on well-developed draft proposals that match their research interests, before you apply. Your potential supervisor will give you advice and critical feedback to help you to make your proposal stronger and more competitive, which will be crucial if you are considering applying for funding.
If you are not sure who would be a suitable supervisor for your research, provide clear details of your research area or group within your application to make it easier for us to identify a potential supervisor. Include any details in section six of your application from under 'Proposed programme of study'.
Although guarantees cannot be made, we'll do our best to match your area of research to the most suitable supervisors within the field who have capacity to take on a new research student.
How your application is considered
- the availability of two appropriate supervisors;
- the relevance and strength of your research proposal ;
- your academic standing and relevant professional experience.
When you submit an application, you will receive notification that it has been received. Our admissions team will contact you to let you know if we require any further information.
We aim to process all applications within six weeks and will contact you with our decision as soon as possible.
You may be required to attend an interview.
Interviews may be held in person at The University of Manchester, or via Skype. The proposed main supervisor will contact you to make these arrangements.