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Visiting Research Students

students walking across campusVisiting Research Students

Visting Research

We welcome applications for visiting postgraduate research student places. However, it is strongly suggested that you contact the academic whom you wish to work with to discuss your needs before you apply as a visiting student

Important information before you apply:

Before you apply as a visiting research student it is important that you have sought approval from your current academic supervisor from your current institution. You will also to have been in communication with a named member of staff in the School of Engineering to agree the date, duration and the purpose of your visit.

We do not accept speculative applications for Visiting Research Students.

To enrol as a Visiting Research Student you need to submit an application for admission and obtain an unconditional offer.

NOTE 1: Please note that each department has a quota for visiting students and cannot exceed this number without express permission from the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies.The maximum period a research student can visit the University is normally 12 months.

NOTE 2: This application process is not suitable for the following; Erasmus+, Internship or Traineeship placement, Worldwide or undergraduate visiting students - for this kind of admission contact our Student Mobility Team.

Required documentation

  • Official student status letter from your current institution, this should contain evidence of the qualification that are currently pursuing and the start and end date of that registration.
  • A letter from your current academic supervisor or Head of Department at your home institution confirming that you are a current student at their University and detailing a reference/letter of support for your period of study at the University of Warwick.
  • A personal statement that explains the purpose of your visit the School of Engineering that also includes the start and end date of your proposed visit as well as the name of the person that you are requesting to visit/work with.
  • Proof of English language capability:

It is a requirement that overseas students will show that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from their time at Warwick. You will need to submit an English Language test certificate - acceptable English tests. Please note that the requirement for admission is IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 6.0) or equivalent. More information.

  • ATAS: If you are from outside the EU you may require ATAS clearance. Full instructions about this process and how to apply will be sent to you after an offer for admission is made. Please do not attempt to do this before you have received instructions from the University as an incorrect application will invalidate your ATAS certificate and may cause delays.

                    Complete the online application form.

                    • Department: School of Engineering
                    • Mode of Study: Full-time (you can select your specific dates later in the form)
                    • Type of course: Visiting Research Student

                    No bench fees are charged.

                    No tuition fees are charged during the academic year 2021/22 and 2022/23. University term dates.

                    The policy of zero-fee for visiting PhD students to be reviewed in September 2022 for 2023/24.

                    Visits are permitted for a maximum of 12 months only.


                    The University of Warwick can sometimes offer on-campus accommodation, availability is limited and cannot be guaranteed. You need to organise accommodation yourself after you have received an offer letter for admission, please contact our Accommodation Office Team for further advice.

                    Immigration Advice

                    If you would like information on the appropriate visa to study at the university as a Visiting Student, please contact the International Office for immigration advice.

                    Postal address:

                    Postgraduate Office
                    School of Engineering
                    Library Road
                    University of Warwick
                    CV4 7AL

                      For me it was extremely clear that the quality of research conducted at the School of Engineering was and remains distinct. Through knowing I would be surrounded by Warwick's leading researchers I knew that I would be supplied with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from those at the top of their game and give me a clear look into challenges in industry and the world as a whole

                    Ben Harris, MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering student (16/17 cohort)

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                    360 Virtual Tour

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                    Essential Information

                    You need to:

                    • Already be fully enrolled as a PhD student at your home institution.
                    • Have the support of your home institution to visit Warwick.
                    • Have the support of a Warwick academic to permit your visit.
                    • Be able to meet the terms and conditions of an unconditional offer from Warwick before you arrive.

                    Location of study

                    School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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                    How to apply

                    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

                    The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.