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Research Degree Application Checklist

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1. Research your chosen area:

Before beginning your search for a potential supervisor, you should read more about the research expertise in the School of Engineering. This will give you an overview of the areas in which it is possible for you to undertake a PhD or MSc by Research. When you feel confident that you can contribute to the research carried out within the School, you can then begin your search for a supervisor.

Browse the research topics by research area or try the Research webpages and identify potential supervisors in the area(s) that are of interest to you. The academic staff in the School welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates, so you are advised to contact them directly. Send your research proposal or explain that you would like to discuss possible research projects with them and detail how you plan to fund your studies.

2. Write a coherent research proposal detailing your specific research interests:

Our guide to writing a research proposal can be found here:

3. Check the academic entry requirements:

Admission for a PhD or MSc by Research: Applicants should normally possess at least an upper second class honours standard or the equivalent and/or a Master's degree at Merit level or its equivalent.

Q. How do I know if my qualification grade is equivalent?

A. Overseas Qualifications: UK Equivalent Scores Stated equivalents are neither absolute nor complete. Satisfying the grade requirement of your course is only one aspect of the application and does not guarantee admission.

Q. What entry requirements does the University set?

A. In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.

  • Two academic references: References are essential in helping us to decide whether to make you an offer of a place or not. You'll need to think carefully about who is best placed to act in this capacity for you. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study. If you have studied a postgraduate degree in the past two years, we will require at least one reference from someone who taught you at postgraduate level from your last place of study.
  • If your first language is not English the University requires evidence that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed on your chosen course of postgraduate study. We therefore have English Language entry requirements based on the following minimum standards.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (with no component score below 6.0). Acceptable English Language Tests

More information on this, including our English Language courses, is available online.

4. Have you considered funding, and in particular, investigated potential options for scholarships?

Many funding sources require a separate application, but doctoral candidates should apply for Warwick’s PhD scholarships via the application form for postgraduate admission to the University.The scholarships available via this route are currently the Chancellor’s International Scholarships. These scholarships are only open for applications during certain periods, so it is advisable to make a combined application for admission and for a scholarship during the open period.

NOTE: Receiving an offer for a research degree does not automatically mean you have also applied or are being considered for a scholarship.

5. Apply:

Application Form Course Details:
Department: School of Engineering
Course Type: Research
Course: (make your selection)


There are no application fees for Postgraduate Research programmes.

The application process does not routinely include consideration for a scholarship, unless otherwise stated in the scholarship advert. In most cases you will need to hold an offer of admission before making a scholarship application.

6. Upload your documents

Once your application is submitted you will be provided with your unique University of Warwick seven digit ID number and a link to upload your documents online. Please always use your University of Warwick ID number in any future correspondence.

NOTE: At this stage in the application process we can accept scanned and copy documents; certificates, transcripts, references, English qualifications and research proposal. If your application is successful your offer for admission will list the original or attested documents needed by the Admissions Service. 

  • You need an unconditional offer before you are able to enrol. We ask you to provide all of your supporting documents as PDF files and upload them to your online application form so that the University can make an assessment. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If your application is successful you are required to provide all of the original documents as quickly as possible to secure your unconditional offer. Once you have received an offer from the University you must officially accept your offer by following the instructions as directed on your offer letter.
  • For candidates applying for a PhD by Published Work please ensure you have read and understood the requirements detailed at

Where do I need to send the supporting documents?

Postgraduate Admissions Team 6
University House
University of Warwick

Original (or attested copies of) documentation confirming all of the information you have provided must be made available to the University on request. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of any conditional offer of a place at the University of Warwick.

We regret that the Admissions Office will not return original documents sent in support of your application unless you provide a self-addressed envelope for their return at the time of submission. If you do not wish to send in original documents then please submit appropriately certified or attested copies.

7. What happens to my application?

Once all this information is provided, a decision is normally made within 6 to 8 weeks of receipt. Decisions for admission are made by prospective supervisors and the Director of Graduate Studies from the School of Engineering. However, the official decision will be communicated to you by the Postgraduate Admissions team. The decision sent to you will normally be one of the following:

  • An unconditional offer, which means you have satisfied all the academic conditions required before entry and we are offering you a place;
  • A conditional offer, which means you do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry, but you are likely to do so. The conditions are given in the formal offer from Postgraduate Admissions and may include documents such as English language scores, degree certificates, transcripts or satisfactory references.
  • A formal notice that we are unable to offer you a place.

In the case of a conditional offer being made, original (or attested copies of) documentation confirming all of the information you provided at application must be made available to the University when requested.

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