Application Process

Eligibility criteria

Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.

PhD applications

Candidates may apply for one or more of our studentships and self-funded PhD projects or propose their own research topic in any one of our strategic areas of research excellence. 

To apply

  • Contact the researcher:  Candidates are recommended to contact the research supervisor(s) listed for the studentship, self-funded PhD project or research area of interest before applying. 
  • Complete the application form:  Applicants should download and complete the GCU Research Application Form below.  If applying for a studentship or self-funded PhD project or several, please state the Project Titles and Reference numbers.  If submitting your own research proposal state the research area and the names of any potential supervisors. 
  • Write a research proposal - If applying for a studentship or self-funded PhD project listed on the website there is no need to provide a research proposal unless the project specification requests this.   If applying with your own research topic, please provide a research proposal.   Guidance on writing a research proposal can be found below.
  • Gather together documentation:  These are academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), two references and any other relevant documentation requested in the project specification.
  • Submit electronically:  The completed GCU Research Application form, research proposal (if required) and relevant documentation should be submitted to: researchapplications@gcu.ac.uk.

Interviews

You will be contacted for interview, if successfully shortlisted for a PhD place.  Online interviews are available for overseas students.

Professional Doctorate applications

Professional Doctorate (Prof D) courses begin each January. Prof D applications must be received by 31 October for entry in January of the following year

To apply

  1. Contact the Director of the ProfD framework for information on the ProfD programmes and advice on choosing this route to doctoral qualification. Please email profdoc@gcu.ac.uk.
  2. Complete the application form:  Applicants should download and complete the GCU Research Application Form below.  In Section 3 of the form, indicate your chosen Prof D pathway and in Section 4, include a summary of your proposed research.
  3. Gather together documentation:  These are academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), two references, and a letter of support from your current employer.
  4. Submit electronically:  The completed GCU Research Application form, and relevant documentation should be submitted to: researchapplications@gcu.ac.uk.

Interviews

All students applying to the Professional Doctorate programme will be shortlisted and interviewed by the programme admissions panel. During this interview the level of work commitment and students’ aspirations will be discussed; evidence of managerial support for the student will also be required. Online interviews are available for overseas students.

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