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How to apply for a research degree

For all the information you need on how to apply for a research degree and to make sure you fulfil the entry requirements visit our 'How to apply' page

You should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or masters degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.

International applicants should be aware of our English language requirements

How to apply for a Research Degree



Academic Technology Approval System

The next intakes for research students are in October 2016, March 2017 and October 2017.

  • The deadline for applications from overseas students for the October 2016 start date has now closed. Applications are now being accepted from overseas students for March 2017 entry.
  • The deadline for applications from UK/EU students for the October 2016 start date is the 31 August 2016.

Please note that there is very little supervisory capacity within the Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI).

There is no / limited capacity in the following areas (until further notice):

  • Centre for Leadership Development - including HRM, strategy, leadership and innovation
  • Project management
  • Accounting / Finance / Economics
  • There is very limited capacity for applications in all areas of marketing
  • Law - except for proposals in the areas of Public International Law, Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration. We also welcome proposals relating to the legal protection of refugees and asylum seekers and the legal aspects of migration control.

Applications can still be considered for:

  • Operations Management
  • Information Systems
  • E-commerce
  • Human Rights and Public international Law issues

The University of Bedfordshire offers a range of research degree programmes in a variety of topic areas.

Before you make a formal application there are some questions you may want to ask yourself to make sure you are heading in the right direction:

Structured inductions

The Research Graduate School runs a structured induction programme for all research degree courses. There are two registration points in the course of an academic year.

See Structured Inductions for more information.

What is my qualification aim?

See Programmes for more information.

Do I want to study full time or part time?

For some applicants part time may not be available see Requirements for more information. Also some courses, like professional doctorates, are only offered part time due to their nature.

What research topic am I interested in?

See Topics to find out the range of expertise in which the University of Bedfordshire can offer supervision.

Do I understand the financial commitment of a research degree programme?

The University of Bedfordshire offer a competitive fee rate for research degree programmes. For more information see Fees and International Scholarships and Discounts

Are you ready to make an application? Great! Here is a checklist of documents and information you will need:

  • Contact address details
  • Course interested in
  • Research area of interest
  • Proposal (2000 word max) – Need some guidance? Go to proposal guidance
  • Curriculum vitae (or resume)
  • Passport details (for International applicants)

How do I submit an application?

You can make an online application by completing the University of Bedfordshire Research online application form

I want to know more about what happens when I get here

See the Structured induction information

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