How to apply

If you would like to apply to undertake a research degree (MPhil, PhD and MA/MSc by Research) at De Montfort University (DMU), you are required to complete and submit the following required documentation via the admissions portal here:

You will 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.

  • Two Academic References that are dated within the last two years - please forward the Academic Reference Report Form to your referees with the following guidance:

- 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 and with an official stamp

- we welcome references in other accessible formats such as Audio files, braille and captioned videos.

- the reference report form must contain full contact details of the referee

Unfortunately the Doctoral College are not able to contact referees on behalf of applicants.


  • Research proposal summary
  • Scanned copies of most relevant certificates and transcripts
  • 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
  • Current Visa/Confirmation of Eligibility to be in the UK

Details on the entry requirements for a research degree can be found here

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.  


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


Telephone: 0116 250 6309

Room 3.30, Gateway ​House

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. Full-time overseas applicants must also make a fee pre-payment of £3,000 in order to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies statement (CAS).

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


1 April 2019 (Academic Year 18/19)

1 October 2019 (Academic Year 19/20)

Masters by Research

1 October 2019 (Academic Year 19/20)

Application submission deadline dates

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

Application submission deadline dates

Intake date

Application submission deadline date

1 April 2019

10 February 2019*

1 October 2019

10 August 2019*

* 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 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.

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