Admissions and Scholarships
Entry RequirementsSee full requirements below
QualificationPostgraduate Research (MRes/PhD)
Duration2 years (MRes) plus 4 years (PhD)
Start Date Monday 19 September 2022
Apply for 2022Applications open Autumn 2021
Applications for 2021 entry have closed. Applications for 2022 entry will open 1st November 2021.
Please note: We do not make decisions on admissions to the programme until after the closing date. We rank applicants with regard to suitability for the programme, based on the information they have submitted and a short interview (usually conducted electronically). Please therefore ensure that you have submitted all relevant documents by the closing date.
We are looking for the brightest students graduating with a First Class Honours degree or equivalent from top institutions in a relevant subject.
We will also consider applications from MSc graduates with distinction, although you do not need to have completed a Master’s degree to apply. If you have a Master's degree, you still enter the programme at year one and there are no waivers on exams.
All applicants are expected to have taken the GRE General Test no more than five years before applying. We expect most successful MRes/PhD applicants to have scores of 800/166 or higher in the quantitative section. During the Covid-19 pandemic, GRE can be taken online (if you are unable to attend a Centre) and we accept online results. If you have any specific questions about GRE, please contact Maryanne Heafey firstname.lastname@example.org .
- In exceptional cases, where a student has completed an MRes elsewhere, incoming students may be granted a waiver for direct entry to the PhD. Requests for such waivers should be addressed to the admissions committee, if you are called to interview. You will then be required to provide a syllabus and transcript of the modules you have followed on your MRes, which must be a comparable course taken at a comparable institution.
English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English must be able to show a high level of competency in the English Language through their results in one of the approved examinations. For this programme, we require candidates to have achieved a score in Band B, which is equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 7.0. Please refer to the University website for further information regarding English language proficiency.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Postgraduate Applications System
Applications are made online via the Postgraduate Application System and you will need to register an account to apply. You will not be required to pay the University application fee, as this will be paid by the Department.Apply to Warwick
Please ensure that you upload all of the relevant documents before submitting your application. Remember that we do not consider any applications before the deadline, so you are not disadvantaged if your application is delayed because you are waiting for documents. The important thing is to include all of your documents and submit by the deadline.
You should remember to include in your application:
- Personal Statement and/ or CV
- Your degree transcript(s), including details of any modules you have yet to complete
- English language certificate (IELTS) (if applicable)
- Two academic references
- Your GRE score
The majority of successful applicants will have a GRE score (quantitative) of 800/166 or above. You can find more information about the GRE test on the Official ETS webpage for test takers.
You should upload your GRE report (if available) as part of your University application.
We will require two academic referees. If you have contacted a different referee from the one mentioned in your application form, please inform us by email of this change at email@example.com.
A research proposal is not necessary at the stage of application; all successful applicants enrol in the MRes degree first, but you can upload a statement of purpose if you wish.
Only the selected candidates will be asked to provide originals of their documents (transcripts, certificates etc) and they will be verified by Warwick postgraduate admissions directly. You do not need to send these until requested by the University's Admissions Team.
English language proficiency
Please refer to the University website for further information regarding English language proficiency for non-native speakers.
Once you have applied
Please note that we do not make decisions on admissions to the programme until after the closing date. We rank applicants with regard to suitability for the programme, based on the information they have submitted and a short interview (usually conducted electronically). Please therefore ensure that you have submitted all relevant documents by the closing date.
We will make offers to the top ranking students first and will proceed to make offers until all the places on the programme are filled. We aim to have a maximum cohort size of around 15 students in each year of the MRes, the majority of which are funded by the department. The majority of students progress from the MRes to the PhD, on achieving the progression criteria.
The majority of students offered a place on the programme will also be offered financial support consisting of a fee waiver and a maintenance award. You do not have to apply separately for the scholarship, if you are offered a place, you will in most cases also be offered a scholarship. We have a small number of places for self funding students, so if you have obtained a scholarship from elsewhere, do please let us know.
Your scholarship wil apply to the MRes. If you achieve the required progression criteria you will be able to apply for the scholarshps for the PhD stage (e.g. ESRC; or Warwick Chancellor's International Scholarship).
During the MRes, students are not required to undertake any teaching. However, once students progress to the PhD, they will be expected to teach for a small number of hours per week.
In the event that you are not successful in securing an external scholarship, there will be studentships offered by the Department in exchange for teaching and/or research assistantships duties.