How to apply

A successful PhD application depends on a series of steps.



You must familiarise yourself with the application process, and be certain that you satisfy the entrance requirements, before you contact a potential supervisor.

Your first step should be to read the University guidance for postgraduate applications, which includes a review of the online application process.

Meeting the entrance requirements

It is essential that you satisfy the entrance requirements.

A good first degree

Applicants should have, or expect to receive, at least a 2.1 degree or an international equivalent.

Research experience

It is expected that candidates will have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some relevant research experience.

English language proficiency

Non-UK candidates whose mother language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English language.

Finding a supervisor

If you satisfy the entrance requirements, the next step is to find a supervisor.

When you make an online application to the appropriate PhD programme, you will be asked to name the supervisor(s) you would be interested in working with.

Before naming a supervisor, you must ensure that they are interested in working with you.

You can identify a prospective supervisor by looking at our academic staff profiles.

In addition, you should review the current research being done by our clinical staff and our research fellows.

If the prospective supervisor that you contact is interested in working with you, they will put you forward for the school’s selection procedures and ask you to make an online application.

Applying online

Online PhD applications to Clinical Surgery are made through the relevant area of the degree finder.

When you apply online you will be asked to provide additional information, and to indicate whether you wish to apply for scholarship funding.