Entry level requirements

Part time study

Part time study is available on most of our research degrees if you are a UK (Home) or EU applicant.

Due to UKVI regulations we are unable to accept students who require a Tier 4 student visa onto our part-time programmes.

Entry qualifications

Applicants for a research degree should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above), or a Master's degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.

For MSc/MA by Research a good Honours degree (2:2 or above) is required in the appropriate subject.

English Language Entry Requirement - Research Graduate School

All international/overseas research degree applicants for whom English is not their first language* are required to have a UKVI recognised English language qualification (ELQ).

Please see example of acceptable ELQs and the level required:

IELTS
  • with an overall score of 6.0 or more
  • The individual tests within IELTS must have a score of no less than 5.5

For a full list of acceptable English language qualifications please go to: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa

Please note that the test must have been taken no more than two years prior to application.

Applicants who have successfully completed a degree from a UKVI-recognised English-speaking institute may use this as proof of English proficiency.

* Please note the UKVI has permitted exemptions from the requirements for sponsors to confirm English language competence for those who are nationals from a majority English-speaking country. Further information can be found here: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

Enquire about research degrees

By telephone
During office hours
(Monday-Friday 08:30-17:00)
+44 (0)1582 489056

By email
research@beds.ac.uk


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