How to apply for a research programme

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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

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 application:

  • your outline research proposal
  • 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 have entry points for our research programmes in September, January and April. The application deadline will depend on your country of domicile and your visa status. If we receive your application after the deadline for your chosen month, we will consider you for the next entry point.

The application deadlines for research programmes starting in 2017/8 are as follows.

September 2017

UK/EU/EEA students: 20 August 2017
International students: 23 July 2017

January 2018

UK/EU/EEA students: 10 December 2017
International students: 12 November 2017

April 2018

UK/EU/EEA students: 18 March 2018
International students: 18 February 2018

Step 3

We will process your application and ask your prospective faculty to review your research outline. 

We interview all postgraduate research applicants before we can offer a place. Interviews can take place in person on campus, or via Skype if you're unable to travel to campus.

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 Research 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.