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How to apply for a PhD in the Centre for Lifelong Learning

To apply, please read the text below and complete the steps identified 1-4.

Step 1. Prepare an initial PhD research proposal using our guidance on preparing a research proposal (click the arrow link).

Step 2. Locate a potential supervisor.

Step 3. Read the supervisor's full online profile and develop familiarity with their work. To locate this, use the find a supervisor link in our PhD routes section.

Step 4. Send the potential supervisor an introductory email with your proposal and CV attached. You will find their email address in their online profile.

The potential supervisor will make an initial response and you may be invited to the next stage which is an informal interview.

If, following the interview and any further changes to the proposal, your proposal is provisionally accepted by the supervisor, you will be invited in writing to make a full application to the University.

Following this, your full application will be considered in depth and you may be invited for a further interview. We will be unable to recommend making you a formal offer until this process has been fully completed.

We receive a large number of proposals every year and we will not be able to consider expressions of interest and applications that do not follow this process.

Please do not proceed to a full application without first undertaking steps 1-4 above and receiving initial written supervisor support to proceed.