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Prospective Researchers

We understand that you may be worried about starting a research course whilst the campus is currently observing the UK government guidance due to Coronavirus, but we're here to reassure you, you can still join Warwick and start international and world class research.

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Are you still accepting applications for 2020?

I have a question about applying but am not sure who to ask?

I have sent documents to meet the conditions of my offer. If the office is now closed, do I need to resend anything?

My offer includes an English language test, but I am unable to sit a test at the moment. What should I do?

I'm in the UK and worried about my immigration status. What should I do?

NEW When are UK visa application centres re-opening?

Will my immigration status be affected if the University decides to use my previous academic performance as sufficient for entry to Warwick?

Can I still apply for postgraduate scholarships?

Important Notice - ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme)

Offer holders

Should I defer my research course?

Will I still be expected to enrol?

Will campus be open for the new academic year?

Should I apply for accommodation if I want it?

Can I still travel to the UK?

Will the campus reopen if there's a second wave?

Will campus be safe?

How will I have a good university experience – how will l meet friends and be part of a community?

I am an international student, what if I am unable to travel due to restrictions in my own country?

I'm in the UK and worried about my immigration status. What should I do?

If I sill want to defer what should I do?

I have a scholarship, will I still be funded?

NEW I'm international but need a UK bank account?

Yes, applications for postgraduate research are still open. Check the study pages for the most up-to-date information before you apply.

We advise that you speak to a member of our Student Recruitment and Admissions Team by joining a live chat. Our live chats are open to offer holders (and prospective applicants) every Monday – Friday between 9.30am – 3.30pm BST.

If you are currently an applicant or are in receipt of an offer, please note that specific details about your application cannot be discussed in the chatroom as there will be other applicants participating at the same time. However you will be able to follow up any personal enquiries directly with the members of staff participating following the chat session.

The Admissions Service are currently working remotely. If you have already posted documents to meet conditions of your offer unfortunately we are not able to process them until the Admissions Service returns to the office. Please contact us to let us know either through the Live Chat or by filling out this enquiry form.

We know that the closure of English language testing centres has created some anxiety so we’ve expanded the range of English language tests we accept, including some new online tests. Please read the latest updates from the University relating to the different levels of study - Postgraduate English Language Tests

We are also offering a free six-week pre-sessional English course for postgraduate students who are intending to progress to courses at Warwick in the academic year 2020/21.The course is open for applications from postgraduate students who hold an offer containing an English language condition for courses starting in academic year 2020/21, subject to meeting the entry requirements listed on the PSE website. There is no formal award. Successful completion of the course will allow you to meet the English language condition of your offer.

If we do not receive your examination results in the time needed to allow for your visa application, the University will make decisions on a case-by-case basis. To further support your visa application in these circumstances, you may wish to obtain;

  • A letter stating the likelihood of completion of studies, with a predicted completion grade from your previous institution.
  • A reference letter from your previous institution stipulating your latest average.

Where possible you should start your research. You shouldn't need to put it on hold or defer (unless there are other reasons outside of the C-19 pandemic). At this stage we can’t confirm what your on-campus experience will be, but it should be possible for you to engage with the preliminaries of your research wherever you are based. The Doctoral College will also be running an online extended induction from October.

Once you have confirmed your start, the enrolment team will email you with further instructions on how to complete online enrolment; you must still do this even if you are studying remotely. There are currently no 'in-person right to study immigration checks' taking place, so if you are already in the UK you will be told how you can provide us with evidence of your passport and UK immigration permission.

The physical campus plans to reopen for the next academic year in early October but the Doctoral College induction programme for new postgraduate researchers will be delivered online, but we hope to introduce in-person events as the opportunity arises. We aim to welcome you to the University and support your experience of starting out on a PhD.

If you are planning to physically come to Warwick for October 2020 and want to apply for accommodation visit the postgraduate accommodation webpages.

Most Postgraduate researchers will be making their own travel plans to come to Warwick, however the UK travel advice on entering the UK can be found on the Gov.UK pages and we advise you review this information before making any travel plans.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community is our first and foremost priority. We continue to support our students still on campus, and have put a series of protective measures in place.
Key members of staff from across the University are implementing plans for social distancing in line with Government guidance for the reopening of campus. We are exploring a full range of options to protect our community and we are are committed to providing more guidance as soon as this becomes available.

Between now and the proposed physical reopening of our campus, we will be closely following UK government guidance and any action taken will be made with our community’s safety in mind should there be a second wave.

Plans are in place to ensure we can support you towards your desired learning outcomes, whatever the circumstances.

Before the Autumn term begins, we’ll ensure the facilities, services and surroundings are cleaned and maintained to the highest standard possible. Our comprehensive support network will be there for you whenever it’s needed. We want you to know that, as soon as you come to study, we’ll be working hard to make you feel safe and reassured, whether you’re on or off campus.

There are mutiple ways to build your PGR community and make friends both face-to-face and virtually. Keep your eyes on the Doctoral College website for up to date news and events that you might want to be part of when you start. You can start and do this now, as well as take advantage of the eventual reopening of campus in early October (Including retail, entertainment and sporting facilities). As these facilities reopen, we will rigorously observe social distancing practices as guided by the UK government and Public Health England.

We are actively monitoring the UK government’s advice and guidance relating to inbound travellers to the UK. This helps us ensure that we have the right measures and arrangements in place to support our new students for the next academic year. We do have flexibility to accommodate later arrivals onto campus if there are delays in leaving your home country. We will continue to monitor all travel restrictions and we will provide updates where necessary.

If you are eligible, you can make a visa application to study at Warwick from within the UK.

If you are ineligible to make an application from within the UK, be advised that we are taking guidance from the UKVI, who are monitoring the situation closely.

The current UKVI policy only affects those students whose visa expires on or before 30 March 2020. The University will publish more information, with guidance from the UKVI as soon as it becomes available. Find out more on our guidance pages.

The Home Office UKVI has informed us that some UK Visa Application Centres in the UK and overseas are re-opening from 1 June 2020. The first phase of re-opening includes a number of centres in the UK such as Birmingham, and a number of centres overseas including China, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Ukraine and some European countries. More visa application centres are currently being considered for re-opening in Phase 2.

We understand that the Covid-19 situation is creating a lot of uncertainty in relation to studying next year: we recommend that you take your time when considering whether you want to defer and make an informed decision once more information is available.

Please bear in mind that some of the documents submitted as part of your application may no longer be valid for entry for the following academic year. If your request is approved by your department, the Admissions Service will consider this when deferring your application and may ask you to meet some conditions again, for example if your English language certificate is only valid for 2 years.

In the first instance you should contact your department to see if a defer is possible. Departments usually only allow applicants to defer once. (If they agree yu can go to the Admissions webpage for further details.

The PGR scholarship applications for 2020/21 have now closed. We will start advertising for the 2021/22 academic year August/September so keep a check on our scholarships pages.

Yes, scholarship-funded PGRs will receive payments - where you have a UK bank account payments will commence under the University's current practice. If you don't have a UK bank account and plant to start your PhD remotely, we are currently reviewing how payments can be made and will update this FAQ when we know more.

Re-opening of the ATAS application scheme: The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) scheme will begin to accept new applications on the online portal from 12:00 BST on 1 June 2020. For more details, visit: ATAS. Once applied, a decision is expected within 6 weeks.

If you have any queries please contact the University’s Postgraduate Admissions Team here .

We are allowing and encouraging you to start studies remotely from your home country. Traditional UK accounts require a UK home address, however some banks offer overseas accounts and there are online only accounts you can open in advance of moving to the UK. Details can be found via:

The university does not recommend any one account for you to use. You should also be aware that not all online banking solutions are protected by a recognised financial regulatory body (e.g. the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK) and you should consider this when making your decision. However, such accounts are useful as a short term option ahead of your arrival in the UK and setting up a full UK account for your ongoing needs.