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How to Apply

You can apply for an EngD programme at any stage of your career as long as you have at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.

Before submitting a formal application, please complete the online enquiry form and upload your CV

We encourage all potential applicants to WMG to discuss their proposal with the Director of Research Degrees, Dr Stuart Barnes, or a potential supervisor before completing the formal application process below. It is also essential that you mention Dr Barnes or the supervisor in the relevant section and use the correct code on the application form (see 'How to Apply' section below).

Please contact the Research Degrees office if you have any questions relating to your application


How do I apply?

We ask you to use our online application form because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to postgraduate courses.

We strongly encourage all applicants to discuss their proposal with a potential supervisor or the Research Degrees Director, Dr Stuart Barnes, before applying.

When you apply online, please mention Dr Barnes or the EngD supervisor on your application form in the relevant section. You will also need to use the relevant code on the form:

  • For EngDs: RESA-H1Y5

This will ensure the central admissions team are able to send the application directly to the appropriate departmental member of staff.

If you require a printed copy of the postgraduate application form please e-mail remembering to include your postal address or telephone us on +44 (0) 24 7652 3648.


What do I need to get started?

You need an unconditional offer before you are able to enrol. We ask you to provide all of your supporting documents as a single PDF and upload them to your online application form so that the University can assess your application. 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 returning the decision card or emailing the team as directed on your offer letter.


What qualifications do I need?

Applicants for research degree modules should normally possess a first degree of at least an upper second class honours standard or the equivalent and/or a Master's degree or its equivalent. The requirement for a first degree may be waived in the case of post-experience modules for candidates who can demonstrate sufficient relevant work experience.


What entry requirements does the University set?

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. For research degrees, applicants must hold at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

English Language Qualifications: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:

  • IELTS (British Council International Testing System) of at least 6.5
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of at least 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 92 (internet based, iBT)
  • WELT (Warwick English Language Test) score of BBC/BCC

In addition to your academic qualifications and experience, Course Selectors will look for evidence of your interest in the course you are proposing to study and your understanding of the demands of postgraduate work.


What supporting documents should I provide after completing my application form?

  • Degree certificate and Transcripts (original or certified copy)
  • Two signed original academic references on letter headed paper
  • English Language certificate IELTS, TOEFL or WELT - Original (if required, see above)
  • Research proposal (see below)


Research Proposal

An important part of your application is the research proposal. We need to know what your research interests are and which staff you have spoken to so that we may direct your application to the correct potential supervisor. The proposal does not need to be long, but the quality should be high and ideally no more than 2-3 pages in length. .

Ideally your proposal should address the points below:

  • Ensure that your research interests match WMG's research areas.
  • Seek advice from a potential supervisor or WMG's Research Degrees Director, Dr Stuart Barnes.
  • Consider - What is the problem you hope to address?
  • Outline the main objectives of your research, providing details of two or three key aspects.
  • Explain what the main outcomes of the project are that you would want to see
  • Outline what methods/approaches you intend to use to achieve the aims of your project.


  • Vague descriptions of your research interests.
  • Projects that seek only to compile information that is already available


Where do I need to send the supporting documents?

Postgraduate Admissions Team
University House
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.

As soon as you have completed your application form you will receive an email of acknowledgment with your application ID, the email will give you instructions of what will happen next and what to do with supporting documentation.


What happens to my application?

Applications are handled in the first instance by the University of Warwick Postgraduate Admissions team. When the Warwick Postgraduate Admissions team receive your application we add it to our database and send you an acknowledgement by email.

Research applications are normally turned around within 8 to 10 weeks of receipt of all supporting documents.

The decision sent to you will be either:

  • An unconditional offer which means you satisfy 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 propose to do so. The conditions are given in the offer letter and may include tests such as English language, as well as degree results.
  • We are unable to offer you a place.

The offer of a graduate place to a successful candidate and the acceptance of the candidate's enrolment carry no implication that the University will provide financial assistance.


Tracking your application

If you applied using a paper form, you may query the status of your application by contacting the Student Admissions Office at


Applying for your visa

The UK's immigration rules for students have changed very recently and the information provided pages may change over the next few weeks whilst the regulations become clearer. Please do keep checking for any updated advice and feel free to contact the University's Immigration Service if you are at all unsure of the requirements.

The International office Please see:


Link to online application form: