Frequently asked questions
How do I apply for my PhD?
If you have decided to apply to us for your PhD, please visit 'How to Apply'. Follow the step by step guidance to complete your application.
What documents do I need to submit for my application?
You will have to fill in your personal details and then you will be asked to upload the following documents:
- Personal statement
- English certificate
- Contact details of 2 referees
Can I upload the reference letters myself?
No, your referees will have to upload your reference using their work email. Alternatively they can send your reference directly to Engineering Admissions.
What should I include in my personal statement?
This will depend on the scholarship that you are applying for.
We recommend that you send a research proposal (no longer than two-pages) and a short presentation letter.
How long will it take before my application will be sent to the prospective academic I selected?
Where can I find which academics are available?
Please visit our 'Our staff' webpage to view a list of our academic staff.
Can I apply to more than one academic?
No, the application process allows you to apply with one academic per Department.
Please add the name of your chosen academic and the project you are interested in to your application.
After I apply, how long will it take before I hear anything?
Once your application is sent to an academic, they have up to five weeks to make a decision.
Therefore it can take up to six to nine weeks for your application before you recievce a decision.
What scholarships are available?
Do I have to meet all the conditions before I apply?
No, we accept applications if you are still finishing your degree. If your application is accepted you will be given a conditional offer until you meet the requirements.
This process is the same for English requirements.
I am an overseas student, can I apply for the CDT?
You will have to contact the CDT administrator before applying, as CDTs unfortunately cannot fund overseas students and most of the CDTs do not accept self-funded students.
How many live applications can I have for an academic year?
You are only allowed to have two live applications for one given academic year. If you have already applied for a department and you want to add a second choice, you can add this to your application.
My fee status is incorrect, how can I change it?
If you think your assessment is incorrect, please visit our Fee Status webpage.
Any further questions?
If you have any further questions please contact Alba Matas Adams, Postgraduate Research Coordinator.