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PhD Earth Science / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2020

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Before you start your application, make sure you have all the information and documents you will need:

  • Potential supervisor:  you can find a list of our Academic and Research staff here .
  • Research proposal:  for advice on how to write one click here .
  • Personal statement: your personal statement shouldn't be longer than a page. For more information on how to write one see here .  
  • 2 academic references: please contact your referees and ask them to email their reference letter and referee report form  to .
  • Transcript and degree certificates: please notice that you will need to provide transcripts even if you haven't graduated by the time you apply.
  • CV
  • English certificate: see our entry requirements for more information.

* Please notice that you will need to submit translations if your original documents are not in English.

* It is preferable to submit your documents in PDF format.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.