How to apply

To apply for a research degree (PhD, MPhil, MSc/MA by Research, DBA) at De Montfort University (DMU), you are required to complete the following documentation via the admissions portal here:

If you have studied at DMU previously please submit your application documents via email to not through the admissions portal. You will need to attach completed Application and Application Annexe Forms alongside the documents requested below.

The entry requirements for a research degree can be found here.  Please take time to look through the entry requirements before submitting your application.

For your application, you will need to submit a range of documentation.  The list below identifies each document.  Please check that you have the documents readily available, before submitting your application.

  • Research Proposal - a helpful guide on what your proposal should include can be found here.

  • Certificates and Transcripts  - scanned copies of your most relevant academic certificates and transcripts will need to be provided.  Documents that are not in English must be provided with a certified English translation.

  • Two Academic References - the references must be dated within the last two years and provided via one of the formats listed.  The below guidance can be forwarded on to your referees:
    • complete our reference report form and send to from a valid institutional address;
    • complete our reference report form and provide to you for uploading on to the admissions portal;
    • 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;
    • we welcome references in other accessible formats such as audio files, braille and captured videos;
    • the reference report form must contain full contact details of the referee.

  • English Language - applicants who require to evidence their English language will need to produce an IELTS certificate (no older that 2 years) OR a copy of a degree from a majority English speaking country (dated within the last 5 years).  If using an IELTS certificate, you must evidence a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component.  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.  More information about the DMU Academic Test of English (DATE) can be found here.

  • Passport - scanned copy of your passport will need to be provided.  The copy will be of the picture page that shows your passport number and information of your nationality.

You will also need to select a programme code when applying, a list of programme codes linked to research degrees can be located here.  Please select the programme code closest to your research proposal.

Intake Dates

     Intake                   Application Deadline

1 April 2020             3 February 2020
1 October 2020       3 August 2020
1 January 2021        3 November 2020

Please note: the DBA and MSc/MA by Research are only considered in line with our October intake.

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.

Applicants requiring a visa

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 until you have obtained a visa. Full-time overseas applicants must also make a pre-payment of 50% of the first year's programme fees in order to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Applicants requiring an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Students studying certain research programmes in the UK must gain ATAS clearance before applying for a visit to study the programme.  ATAS clearance is a scheme operated by the Foreign ad 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 also need ATAS clearance if you are studying on the below programme codes: 



Programme Name


Programme   Name




Engineering and Industrial Mathematics


Biological Sciences


Electrical and Electronic Eng




Mechanical Engineering


Statistics and Operational Research


Energy and Sustainable Dev


Computer Science


Materials Science


Information Systems


Environmental Impact Assessment  


Textile Technology


Health Studies

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

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 in mind when considering your proposed start date as any delay in obtaining a visa may mean a dealy or deferral of your registration.

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 unconditionally accepted you should contact the Doctoral College to arrange your registration.

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

For any queries regarding how to apply please contact us at the Doctoral College via:


Telephone: 0116 250 6309

In person: Room 3.30, Gateway House, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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