How to apply

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If you’re interested in one of our research programmes and would like more information, please contact the relevant faculty. Contact details can be found on individual programme pages.

Once you’ve decided that you'd like to apply for an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate at Anglia Ruskin, you'll need to complete our admission process.

Admissions process

There are four easy steps to applying for a research programme at Anglia Ruskin.

Step 1

You need to think carefully about the topic of the research you want to undertake. Some of the areas where we can offer supervision are listed on our research programme list. If your research interest doesn't appear on our list, please contact the faculty to discuss your research topic before you apply as we may still be able to accommodate you.

Step 2

Download our application form: the link appears on each individual programme page. You will need to provide the following as part of your online application:

  • your outline research proposal
  • a copy of the original transcripts of your results
  • a copy of your degree certificate(s)
  • two references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. If you’re applying for an MPhil or PhD, please supply two academic references to support your application. If you’re applying for a Professional Doctorate (DBA, EdD and DProf), please supply one academic and one professional reference
  • a photocopy of your passport, including the photograph and personal details page(s). International applicants living in the UK must also provide photocopies of visa and immigration stamps.

We will invite you to attend an interview with your prospective faculty before making an offer.

There is no deadline for applications, but we do recommend submitting your application to us at least one month before your proposed start date. Research programmes start in September, January, April and June. Professional Doctorates may vary – see our individual programme pages for details.

Step 3

We will process your application and let you know our decision.

Step 4

If we make you an offer, you can choose to accept it or decline it, you can do this via our online application portal. Deferral requests should be sent to the Admissions Team and will be passed to the relevant faculty for consideration.

If at any point you need further help or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions Team.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MPhil or PhD are normally a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant area.

To be admitted to a Professional Doctorate you must normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree that included training in research and appropriate professional experience.

Fees and funding

For information about fees, funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers.

Our research community

We welcome full-time and part-time researchers in a broad range of subject areas. Our research student community includes recent graduates, experienced academics and professionals and people returning to education after a break of several years.