The application process
To apply for a research degree at the University of Winchester, you need to make sure that we can supervise your proposed research project. Please check the lists of Research Supervisors and contact academic members of staff for advice. Once you have established that you can be supervised, you will need to complete Form A, Application for Research Degree Candidature
Please email us if you are:
- Transferring from another institution,
- Applying for a PhD by Works in the Public Domain or
- Applying for a DProf. by Contribution to Practice.
Return your completed form, both electronically and in hard copy, together with 2 passport photos, to Chrissie Ferngrove at the Research & Knowledge Exchange Centre (for contact details, see the right-hand side column).
Apply Direct (Professional Doctorates ONLY)
Applicants for a Professional Doctorate must apply direct to the University by completing the Direct Entry Application Form. The application form is available online and on request from Course Enquiries and Admissions.
Preparation for Research
Some applicants who would like to study for a research degree (MPhil/PhD) may need some help in preparing their research proposal. For these students we offer a Preparation for Research Pathway. For a one-off fee of £500 (not eligible for any bursary), students may register as a Preparation for Research student.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL, formerly known as AP[E]L)
Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study and/or experiential learning may apply for RPL. Please note that any credits or marks gained from previous study shall not be counted in your final result as your award is calculated solely on the credits and marks accumulated while registered at the University of Winchester.
An application for RPL to exempt the postgraduate research student from part of the research skills programme, or from a module on the pre-thesis stage of a professional doctorate programme, should normally be submitted at the application stage. Please note RPL cannot can not be used in relation to the thesis for a Professional Doctorate, MPhil or PhD qualifications. Please read the RPL Policy or email us for further details.
Regular start dates
Please note that there are two start dates in the academic year:
- 1 October start: deadline for applications is 31 May for home/EU students and 30 April for international students.
- 1 April start: deadline for applications is 31 December for home/EU students and 30 November for international students.