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 two completed Reference Report forms.
Please download the forms below, complete them and return (with your research proposal) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 2 of the admissions requirements and processes provides you with detailed information about the admissions process.
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.
Applicants are asked to submit the following documents ONLY:
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..
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 |
|1st October 2017
||14th August 2017*
|1st January 2018
||17th November 2017*
|1st April 2018
||9th February 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.
Masters by Research
Full-time overseas applicants must also make a fee pre-payment of £3,000 in order to receive a formal offer.
What happens next?
- The Graduate School Office 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).
- The Graduate School Office 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.
- If you are unconditionally accepted, an unconditional offer letter and information pack will be sent to you.
- 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.
- Once you have been conditionally accepted you should contact the Graduate School Office to arrange your enrolment.
If your application is not accepted, you will receive a letter from the University informing you of our decision.