Entry requirements

  • First or second class honour degree from a UK University or a qualification which is regarded by the Higher Degrees Committee as equivalent to an honours degree
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a score of 6.5 and no elements less than 6. Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

More information can be found on the dedicated Graduate School website.


Follow these steps to apply for a PhD placement with the Centre for Climate Justice:

  1. Identify a potential supervisor: Check our staff members’ areas of expertise here and contact the Centre to discuss your application.
  2. Complete the application form: If applying for a studentship or self-funded PhD project, please state the Project Title(s) and Reference number(s). If submitting your own research proposal, state the research area and the names of any potential supervisors. 
  3. Write a research proposal: You can find guidance on writing proposals here.
  4. Prepare your application documents: copies of academic qualifications, IELTS certificate (if required), two references, and any additional documents that may be requested by the call.
  5. Submit the documents listed in points 2 through 4 to researchapplications@gcu.ac.uk.


If successfully shortlisted for a PhD place, you will be contacted for an interview. Online interviews are available for overseas students.

For more information on the application process, please visit the Graduate School website or contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team.