Everything you need to know to apply for a research degree.

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Applying for a research degree

To apply for a research degree with us, you will need to make sure that we can supervise your proposed research project. Please check our Staff Directory; the academic profile pages will tell you if our academics welcome enquiries about research supervision and what topics they can supervise. Once you have established that you can be supervised, you will need to complete the application form (see below).

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.

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.

Application Form

Form A, Nov 2017. Return your completed form, electronically, to the PGR Admin team.

Entry requirements

Applicants must ensure they meet the following entry requirements:


Applicants for entry to postgraduate research programmes should have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • A Masters degree from a UK university or a degree from a non-UK institution deemed to be of equal standing to a UK degree, or
  • A first class or upper second-class Bachelors degree award by a UK university or a degree from a non-UK institution deemed to be of equal standing to a UK degree
  • A professional qualification recognised as equivalent to a good degree
    Equivalent evidence of prior professional practice or learning that meets the University's criteria and guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)*

*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 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.

Additional requirements

  • Two satisfactory written reports from academic referees
  • A student is admitted to a Professional Doctorate or Professional Master's programme on the basis of being actively engaged in a profession relevant to the award being sought
  • For the award of PhD by Works in the Public Domain or the Professional Doctorate by Contribution to Practice, an appropriate number of prior publications or other outputs (this shall be determined on a case by case basis as specified in the programme outlines). These degrees are currently available only to members of staff and to people who have an existing relationship with the University.

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.

Apply Direct (Professional Doctorates ONLY)

Applicants may apply online at UKPASS, the UCAS online applications system for postgraduate programmes in the UK. Applicants need to complete the registration process before creating their application online. Full details are on the UKPASS website.

Please see the individual Professional Doctorate course pages for entry requirements.