The University is committed to providing a professional admissions service. The Postgraduate Admissions Policy and accompanying procedures are transparent, fair, and consistently applied, which ensures that prospective students understand how the admissions process works and applications are processed in a timely manner.
The Postgraduate Admissions Policy complies with relevant legislation affecting the admission of students. It presents details of criteria for admission and procedures including for PhDs by Published Works (section 3.1.2), roles and responsibilities of Faculties, Schools and Directorate staff in administering and quality assuring the admissions process (Postgraduate Admissions Policy Appendix 1), and information on policy areas such as selection procedures to RDPs (section 4.1.2), which supplements the information contained in this Code of Practice.
The University provides pre-entry information (in a variety of formats on request) to ensure that a student can make an informed decision regarding their preferred subject area as the basis of their application for a place on a RDP. Information on RDPs is available through the online Course Finder and Postgraduate Prospectus, School leaflets and brochures, and School websites. Helpful information and guidance is also available at Find a PhD Supervisor.
Amongst the information which should be accessible to all students are up to date overviews of the Schools, their achievements and key research interests; programme information including expected timescales for completion and supervisor support; opportunities for personal development and potential career options; entry requirements; and information about support services including training, disability support, counselling, and careers support. Where programmes are only offered on a full-time or part-time basis, this will be highlighted by the School.
Funded postgraduate research opportunities are listed on the University's Postgraduate Course Finder under Opportunities.
The Admissions and Access Service is responsible for managing the Postgraduate Applications Portal or will process paper applications for the PhD by Published Works, as required. The Admissions and Access Service will also issue official documentation to international applicants for immigration and visa entry purposes. International Student Support can offer advice on visa and immigration issues.