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Information for research degree applicants - COVID-19 response

We appreciate there is a lot of uncertainty around how your university research degree application could be affected, and we want to reassure you that your application is very important to us.

We remain committed to processing everything as quickly as possible and are doing all we can to provide you with the answers you need.

If you have any questions that have not been answered below, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team via email:

I'm interested in studying a research degree at DMU, can I still apply?

We welcome all new applications and are working hard to continue processing everything as normal. Please visit our How to apply page.

I have an unconditional offer from DMU, will this change?

If you have received an unconditional offer to study at DMU then this will remain unchanged and your offer to study with us still stands. While the current circumstances mean things are changing frequently, please rest assured that your unconditional offer is secure and we look forward to welcoming you to DMU when the next academic year starts.

If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team.

I have a conditional offer from DMU, what happens now?

We’d like to assure you that if you hold a conditional offer to study with us then this still stands, and we continue to think you have a great future with DMU. If you require any support in meeting the conditions of your offer, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team.

I've been invited to an interview, will this still be going ahead?

Interviews of research degree applicants will take place via video conference (e.g. Skype or Zoom). If you do have any questions, please contact our admissions team.

I have accepted my offer. Will I still be able to start at DMU in October 2020?

As things currently stand, the academic year will run exactly as normal, with a new academic year starting in October 2020. If any changes are proposed, either to the timelines, or to the mode of delivery (e.g. by distance-learning due to COVID-19), we will keep you updated.

I'm an international student, is it still safe to come to the UK to study?

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, so please rest assured that we are following the government’s advice and guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect anyone who could be at risk.

We are accepting new applications as normal, and will do everything we can to ensure students are still able to register on our programmes this year. If we are required to make any changes to our programmes, deadlines or entry requirements, then we will update you as soon as possible.

I'm an international student needing to evidence my English language to meet entry criteria. However, IELTS centres in my home country have closed. What should I do?

We recommend that you keep up-to-date with the advice provided by test centres on arrangements for exams. You can check on the IELTS website. If the centres do not open in time for our August deadline for an October intake, please note that we do have further intakes in January and April each year as well.

What should I do if I can't get hold of transcripts and certificates?

It might be that you are currently unable to provide all of the documents we have asked for as part of your application, such as transcripts, references or certificates. If this is the case, we recommend you contact our admissions team and apprise them of any difficulties.

I need to apply for an ATAS/CAS/Visa. What should I do?

If you are able to use a super priority service, we recommend choosing this. You can find out more about this here, as well as the opening times, address and contact details for UK visa application centres near you. Please be aware that choosing a priority visa service will incur a cost.

UK Visas and Immigration is continually reviewing requirements and we are monitoring this closely. You can find further details on their website.

For additional queries relating to CAS applications, please contact central admissions via email:

Why complete a research degree at DMU?

  • Global opportunities – international PhD Opportunities #DMUGlobal  
  • Competitive fees and The Vice-Chancellor's 2020 scholarships with a tuition fee discount of up to 50%
  • Funding for travel and conferences
  • World class research institutes and centres
  • A Doctoral College that offers space and support for students
  • Opportunities to present work at the regular Doctoral College lectures and research institute seminars
  • Career support during and after enrolment period
  • DMU chosen as hub for UN SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions



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