For a supervised PhD, we normally expect that applicants will hold at least a 2:1 or a Masters qualification from a UK university or a degree of comparable standing from a university outside the UK. We also require a recognised English language qualification prior to making an unconditional offer.
For international applicants an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, or equivalent qualification, is required. If you require a Tier 4 visa to undertake your research degree, you must apply at least three months in advance of your proposed start date so you can obtain an offer in time to apply for this.
We accept PhD students at three points during the year: 1st October, 1st January and 1st April. You should submit your application a minimum of three months before your targeted entry date. We strongly encourage you to discuss your proposed programme of research with either an academic staff member or the relevant Research Centre Lead, prior to submitting an application. If you're unsure who to approach, you can explore our staff and their research interests on Hartpury’s PURE repository.
Your application should contain the following:
- Completed application form including an outline of your proposed programme of study: title, research aims and objectives, brief rationale outlining why your project is required and a summary of the studies planned to complete your project. You should also identify any resource requirements which the project will require and identify the potential academic and/or industry impact of your project.
- An example of critical writing: this could be a published paper you've been involved with, a previous piece of academic work or if returning to study, you may wish to write a short critical review of a topic related to your proposed programme of study.
- Two referees to support your application.
- Proof of qualifications: copies of transcripts of your qualifications.
Please note, applications which do not meet the minimum criteria will not be considered.
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