How to apply
Step 1 – Select your research topic
You have three options with regards the selection of your research topic;
Prepare your Research Proposal, based on the research expertise at the School.
Select a research project from the Directory for PhD opportunities (Also available as a PDF document). Enter the name of the project and the name of the supervisor on the application form. The ‘Research Project’ route is delivered in two parts:
- Part 1: A Combined English / Study Skills and Research Proposal course. This is when you will write a research proposal based on the selected research project. Duration is up to 1 year, dependent on the English language level.
- Part 2: The PhD programme.
Occasionally, the University advertises PhD Studentships. Studentships are funded / sponsored PhD placements which cover tuition fees and sometimes living costs, usually for a period of 3 years. They are offered for specific research projects. Studentships are advertised on the University website and Academic Schools’ websites and there is normally a deadline for submitting applications. The terms and conditions of Studentships vary and may become available at different times of the year.
If you are applying for a Studentship, enter the name of the studentship on the application form
Step 2 – Prepare your documentation
You will need to gather the following documentation to present with your application:
- Bachelor degree certificate and transcript
- Masters degree certificate and transcript (if undertaken)
- English language test certificate (if undertaken)
- Academic reference / support letter
- Confirmation of funding / sponsorship (if applicable)
- Research Proposal (if you are NOT selecting a project from the Directory of PhD opportunities or applying for a Studentship)
Step 3 – Apply Online
- Students: can apply though our Online Application Portal. Refer to the Guidance Notes for help filling the form. Or you can ask one of our approved Agents in your country to apply on your behalf
Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.
Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree
As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/MPhil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.
All PhD/MPhil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/MPhil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.
Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/MPhil research proposal.
At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/MPhil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.
Your research proposal
A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:
- Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
- Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
- Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
- Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.
When do I Apply?
You can apply at any time of the year.
It is possible to start a PhD degree at any point in the year at most academic Schools, subject to agreement with the supervisor.
We advise that you submit your application in enough time to:
- organise funding
- undertake an English course
- obtain documents such as transcripts and references required for meeting the conditions of the offer
- apply for a visa
- make accommodation arrangements
Admission related queries
If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Academic - Entry onto our postgraduate research/PhD courses requires a postgraduate / masters degree of equivalent standard to the British postgraduate/ masters degree. To know more about which qualification from the country you studied from is acceptable, please refer to our Country specific information page.
- English Language - To be eligible for our PhD programmes, international students must satisfy English Language Requirements. The level of English required depends on the course you wish to apply for and there are few exemptions available as well. For details please refer English Language Requirements page.
English Language Courses, IELTS Courses and Accreditation
Bangor University also has an IELTS Test Centre and we can help you put together a package of study in which you can:
- develop your English Language Skills,
- gain IELTS accreditation for them,
- and then commence your main course of study.
We can also help you arrange further English Language development programmes in parallel with your academic courses of studies.