Entry Criteria

In order to be admitted as a student for a research degree programme, an applicant shall normally:

a) possess a UK Honours degree with at least an upper second class honours, or an academic or professional qualification which the Research Degrees Committee Faculty Review Panel deems to be equivalent; and

b) demonstrate competence in the use of the English language. A minimum score of 6.5 in an International English Language Test Score (IELTS or equivalent) test is required. This includes a minimum score of 5.5 in each of the test components and shall have been taken not more than two years prior to entry.

  • A condition of admission for applicants without normal qualifications is the provision of at least two reference(s), concerning the applicant’s academic ability and fitness to conduct research.
  • Applicants wishing to pursue a PhD by published works are subject to the same admission protocols and procedures.
  • Students admitted onto the MA/MSc by Research cannot transfer to MPhil or PhD.
  • An applicant whose work forms part of a group project may be registered for a Research Degree, provided that the Research Degrees Committee Faculty Review Panel is satisfied that the applicant’s part of the project is distinguishable for the purposes of assessment, and is appropriate for the award sought. In such a case, the application for admission must indicate clearly the individual’s contribution and its relationship to the group project.

Section 2 of the Code of Practice for Research Degree Students provides detailed information about the admissions
requirements and processes.

Transferring to DMU

Where a student is seeking to transfer to De Montfort University from another institution, s/he will be required to complete the full application process. As part of the admissions process the Faculty Head of Research Students or equivalent role and Head of School will consider the application in order to approve or reject the application.

Research conducted previously at another Higher Education Institution will be taken into account in assigning a transferring student to an appropriate pathway. As for all students, the application process will serve to confirm the availability of appropriate supervision and suitable technical and/or information resources for continuation of the research. This process includes students transferring from another HEI in order to follow a supervisor newly appointed to DMU. At application stage, students should present a portfolio documenting and demonstrating their research progress to date, including copies of any official notification of progression milestones achieved at their previous institution. This will be assessed by the designated supervision team who will make a recommendation as to the appropriate entry pathway for the student, taking into account the achievements, timeliness and intended trajectory of the research. The Faculty Head of Research Students or equivalent role and Head of School will review this recommendation in approving an appropriate pathway for the student, ensuring satisfactory alignment between DMU’s review and monitoring requirements and those met at the previous institution.

For students applying to the DMU Doctoral Researcher Programme, transfer will not normally be accepted where students have completed more than 24 months of full-time study or 48 months of part time study at another UK HEI. Students whose final award aim is MPhil will not normally be considered for transfer. Following registration and irrespective of any prior period of research conducted, the student must complete the First Project Review process and the student will also be required to complete the Ethical Review form designated by their associated Faculty. Students will not normally be exempted from the Formal Review Process; as part of the transfer process outline above the Faculty Head of Research Students or equivalent role (or deputy) can receive requests for exemption from formal review and following a review of the research conducted, may exceptionally exempt the student from formal review. This decision must be authorised by the Director of Doctoral College.


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