How to apply

If you would like to apply to undertake a research degree at De Montfort University (DMU), you must complete the Application Form for Admission to a Research Programme (MPhil, PhD and MA/MSc by Research) and provide completed Academic Reference Report Form(s). 

Please download the forms below, complete them and return (with your research proposal) by email to

Section 2 of the admissions requirements and processes provides you with detailed information about the admissions process.

Research Proposal

Your application will also need to include a summary of approximately three pages setting out your research proposal. This statement should indicate the purpose of your research and themes you propose to investigate, an indication of the methods you expect to use and, finally, the resources you will need to access to complete your research.

Required documentation 

Applicants are asked to submit the following documents ONLY:

  • Application Form Annexe (1 page) 
  • Academic Reference Report Form (4 pages maximum)

    - complete our reference report form and send to from a valid institutional address

    - complete our reference report form and send by post to the Doctoral College with an original signature

    - send on headed paper from the referee's institution/organisation, signed by the referee and with an official stamp

    - the reference report form must contain full contact details of the referee
  • Research proposal summary (3 pages approximately)

  • Scanned copies of most relevant certificates and transcripts (between 2 and 10 pages) 

  • International applicants will also need to include an electronic copy of your passport showing your passport number and proof of your English Language Qualification which should be in the form of an IELTS certificate or a copy of a degree from a majority English-speaking country dated within the last 5 years.   Please note that we no longer accept TOEFL or TOEIC as proof of English language proficiency.  We do provide a free English examination for applicants and offer holders which can be used in place of an IELTS examination.  More information about the De Montfort University Academic Test of English (DATE) can be found here:  

International applicants visa advice

  • The UK has strict immigration laws. Most students from outside the EU will need to apply for a visa to gain entry to the UK.  To find out if you need a visa to study in the UK please read the following advice and guidance here 

Please do not book any non-refundable travel arrangements until you have obtained a visa.

Please do not submit any additional material other than listed above. Any additional material you wish to be considered can be presented at the interview stage.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International students studying certain Postgraduate or Research courses in the UK must gain ATAS clearance before applying for a visa to study the course. ATAS clearance is a scheme operated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help stop the spread of knowledge and skills that could be used in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery. Applications for ATAS clearance usually take around 20 working days to be processed. This can be longer during busy periods, and you are encouraged to apply as soon as you have been issued your offer from DMU.

You will need ATAS clearance if the first two letters of your JACS code as stated on your offer letter begins with any of the following two characters:

  • F2 – Materials Science
  • F3 – Physics (including Nuclear Physics)
  • H3 – Mechanical Engineering
  • H4 – Aerospace Engineering
  • H8 – Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
  • J5 – Materials Technology not otherwise specified

To find out more about ATAS and how to apply, visit the FCO website..

Intake Dates


1st October
1st January
1st April

Masters by Research

1st October

Full-time overseas applicants must also make a fee pre-payment of £3,000 in order to receive a formal offer.

Application submission deadline dates

Please consider the following application submission deadline dates if you wish to be considered for a particular intake date:

Intake date Application submission deadline date 
1 October 2018 10 August 2018*

* Whilst we will endeavour to process applications received by the deadline in time for the entry point you have selected this may not always be possible.

International Students: Please note, should you be made an unconditional offer we are unable to enrol you until you have obtained a valid UK visa. The process to obtain a visa can be lengthy. Please bear this is mind when considering your proposed start date as any delay in obtaining a visa may mean a delay or deferral of your enrolment.

What happens next?

  1. The Doctoral College will process your application which includes determining if a qualification check is required, and will then forward the form on to the relevant Faculty or International Admissions Office (IAO).
  2. The Doctoral College and International Admissions Office are responsible for sending out all correspondence relating to formal offers and acceptance, as well as sending information on accommodation, visa requirements and other important issues.
  3. If you are unconditionally accepted, an unconditional offer letter and information pack will be sent to you.
  4. If you are conditionally accepted, a conditional offer letter and information pack will be sent to you outlining the conditions you must fulfil before your offer of a place is confirmed.
  5. Once you have been conditionally accepted you should contact the Doctoral College to arrange your enrolment.

If your application is not accepted, you will receive a letter from the university informing you of our decision.


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