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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 emailwms.rdcoord@warwick.ac.uk

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