Academic entry requirements
We fund students undertaking Masters + PhD programmes (1+3 funding) and stand-alone PhD programmes (+3 funding).
Applicants must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.
+3 PhD awards – the ESRC expects that applicants embarking on a +3 (PhD) programme would have achieved a level of research training that would allow them to proceed directly to PhD. This is usually through the attainment of a previous masters qualification in the social sciences with a Distinction grade.
Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words
English language entry requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a Secure English Language Test (SELT) in the last two years. Applicants who have obtained or are studying for a UK degree may apply without a SELT.
However, the university may request a SELT is taken as part of any award made.
English language IELTS requirements are minimum of 7.0 overall (7.0 for writing , and none below 6.0).
If you have an English language qualification other than IELTS, please contact us to see if you are eligible to apply for a studentship. The UK Home Office will not accept TOEFL tests as proof of meeting the English language requirements.