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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
The Research Graduate School (RGS) coordinates the quality assurance and administrative arrangements for all students on research degree programmes. It is also responsible for the provision of generic training.
The RGS works closely with research institutes to ensure that all students have appropriate support throughout their studies and access to training and development programmes that will complement their research and provide a foundation for their future careers.
The RGS plays an important role in ensuring that the administration, the procedures for ensuring academic progression and the provisions for student support and experience are in line with the expectations of the QAA quality code Chapter B11 Research Degrees (June 2012).
The University has scored consistently high ratings in teaching assessments carried out since 1995 by the Quality Assurance Agency.
The REF 2014 (the system used to assess the quality and impact of research conducted by all UK universities) classified almost half of the University’s research as world leading or internationally excellent – the highest ratings possible.
We work closely with employers and these links with industry are reflected in the research profile of the institution.
Specialist research areas which enjoy an international and national reputation include:
There are currently around 450 research students in the University. These are distributed between ten research institutes