How to apply for a research programme

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We can supervise you in a number of different areas for research study, and you can undertake a Doctor or Master of Philosophy (PhD/MPhil), an MD (Res), a PhD by Published Work or a Professional Doctorate (DProf).

You can join us as a part-time or full-time student.

Our areas of research expertise are expanding, so if you can’t find your area of interest please contact the relevant faculty as we may still be able to accommodate you.

To apply for a research course with Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll first need to submit an application form.

Entry points

We have entry points for most of our research programmes in September, January and April. Please visit the individual course page for the entry points for each programme.

Application deadlines

The deadline for applications is approximately four weeks before the course start date for students based in the UK/EU, and approximately six weeks for international students due to the extra time needed for visa applications. If you are an international student planning to apply for your visa from within the UK, we can accept your application by the UK/EU deadline.

If we receive your application after the deadline for your chosen month, we will consider you for the next entry point.

The application deadlines for research programmes starting in 2018/9 and 2019/0 are as follows:

January 2019

UK/EU/EEA based students: 9 December 2018
International students: 11 November 2018

April 2019

UK/EU/EEA based students: 17 March 2019
International students: 17 February 2019

September 2019

UK/EU/EEA based students: 18 August 2019
International students: 21 July 2019


Please download and complete our application form. The form is also linked to on each individual programme page

You will need to provide the following as part of your application.

  • An outline of your research ideas. Guidance on what we want to see can be found on the application form.
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s).
  • Two references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. If you're applying for an MPhil or PhD, please supply two academic references to support your application. If you’re applying for a Professional Doctorate (DBA, EdD and DProf), please supply one academic and one professional reference.
  • A photocopy of your passport, including the photograph and personal details page(s). International applicants living in the UK must also provide photocopies of visa and immigration stamps.


We’ll confirm receipt of your application via email, and send you log-in details for our applicant portal where you can check the progress of your application.

If we need any further information, we’ll request it via email and you’ll be able to upload the relevant documents through the portal.

We’ll send your application to your prospective faculty, who will review your research outline and academic background. If they feel they can support your research, they’ll invite you to an interview. We interview all postgraduate research applicants before we can offer a place. Interviews can take place in person on campus, or via Skype if you're unable to travel to campus.


We’ll give you feedback on your application within four to six weeks. If we make you an offer, you can reply via our online application portal. If you want to change your entry month, email our Research Admissions Team to request a deferral.

If at any point you need further help or advice, please contact our Research Admissions Team.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements can be found on the individual programme pages

In general you’ll need:

  • a bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area for an MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil
  • or a Masters degree for direct entry to a PhD. 

This can differ between specific programmes so please check your programme page to be sure.

Fees and funding

For information about fees, funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers.