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How to Apply for a Research Degree

We offer a range of different research degrees. The most common degree is a PhD, which takes four years full time.

We prefer our students to have first completed a master’s degree which has included some training in research methods. If you do not hold a Masters degree, please consider applying for one of our Masters Programmes

All students are required to submit a 'Purpose of Study' statement ofno more than 1,000 words showing:

  • Why you want to do a research degree
  • Your area of interest
  • What you think are the most important research questions in your area
  • Some indication of how you might go about answering one of those questions

Applications will be considered by the Research Degrees Team

If you would like further information please

International applicants

If you were not educated in English, you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:

  • IELTS (British Council International Testing System) overall score of at least 7.0 (with minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and rest 7.0+)

For further information, please visit the Graduate School English Language Information and Entry Requirements webpage

Take a look at the International Office website for further information.

Additional information

Please visit the Postgraduate Admissions Information page for information about the following:

  • The Postgraduate Prospectus
  • Online Application form
  • Postgraduate Admissions Policy
  • Postgraduate Fairs
  • Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellowships
  • Funding for UK/EU Students
  • Funding for International Students