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Visiting PhD Students

students walking across campusVisiting Research Students

Visting PhD

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 PhD Students.

To enrol as a Visiting PhD 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,
  • 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 you 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, the letter should confirm that you are a current student at their University and provide support for your period of study at the University of Warwick.
  • A personal statement that explains the purpose of your visit to the School of Engineering should include the proposed start and end date of your visit and the name of the person you are requesting to visit/work with.
  • Your Bachelors or Masters degree certificate and transcript.
  • 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 testsLink opens in a new window. Please note that the requirement for admission is IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 6.0) or equivalent. More information. Link opens in a new window

  • 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 apply for your ATAS 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
                    • Year: Select the date closest to your preferred start date in the future.
                    • Mode of Study: Full-time (you can select your specific dates later in the form and personal statement)
                    • Type of course: Visiting Research Student
                      • Visiting Research Student in Engineering (V-PRES)

                    No bench fees are charged.

                    No tuition fees are charged during the academic years 2023/24 and 2024/25. University term dates.Link opens in a new window

                    Visits are permitted for a minimum of one month to a maximum of 12 months only. You must confirm your intended start and end dates in your personal statement. Ensure the dates are realistic to your arrival, allowing for time for your offer to be processed and any visa implications. You must hold an unconditional offer from the University of Warwick before you can enrol.


                    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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                    Click on the link below to watch our 360 degree virtual tour of the School of Engineering.

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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.