Applying for research degrees: PhD and Masters

There are two methods of applying for research degrees:

1. Online

  • If you are a current University of Hull student you can access the form through your student MyAdmin account
  • If you don't have an account already create an account in MyAdmin
  • You will be sent an email with an activation code
  • Go to the site directed by the email, choose a password and activate your MyAdmin account.
  • Log into MyAdmin and complete your application in full
  • Submit your application

Use the reference form if your referee has not provided references on letterhead paper.

2. By paper form

Download the application form and reference form to be posted or scanned to the Admissions Service when completed.

Start dates

Start dates in 2014/2015 will be

1 June 2015 (not Business School applicants)
6 July 2015 (not Business School applicants)
3 August 2015
28 September 2015

General guidance for postgraduate applicants

Please apply by 1 August to guarantee consideration for entry in September, otherwise apply at least 6 weeks before your intended start date.

Please read carefully the pamphlets online or use our online order form to request further specific course information.

International students should download the Postgraduate Research at Hull - international students' guide.

Check out other sources such as the academic departments web pages for the latest research topics before making an application; this will help you to assess the reasons for wanting to study with Hull and your preferred research topic.

Please follow the instructions on the application form and provide all additional information such as proof of qualifications; this will help to avoid unnecessary delays in processing your application.

To be considered for a research degree your application must include your research proposal to enable us to decide if we can match up your interests with a research supervisor.

All research students are required to take part in the Postgraduate Training Scheme run by the Graduate School.

Most academic areas can consider applications for research on a part-time basis. Some will consider overseas students who for good reason (usually continuation of employment) are unable to come to Hull for full-time research but who have appropriate facilities in their home country to work towards a thesis on a part-time basis.

You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application if you provide an email address on the form. Your application will be considered by the academic department and the Admissions Service will write to you with a decision. Any offer made may be conditional, for example, on achievement of a certain grade in the course you are currently studying. All conditions must be satisfied before registration with the University.

If you have been asked for references, they must be on a University of Hull reference form or company letter-headed paper with an official stamp. References from family/friends are not accepted.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study and will be required to provide acceptable evidence of their English language proficiency. Please refer to further guidance on the English language requirements page.

Please arrive on time for the start of your course to take full advantage of the introductory sessions. There is a preferred arrival time for international students (see

In exceptional circumstances, late arrival may be permitted by prior arrangement - but each case is considered individually and is not automatic. The University cannot guarantee to provide tuition for any missed lectures or tutorials.

If you would like to request deferral of your entry to the next available start date, you must request this in writing to the Admissions Service, who will then contact the academic department. You will be informed of the decision (usually by issue of a revised offer letter). Deferrals are normally only allowed if requested up to six weeks after the initial start date. After this, you may need to re-apply.

If you have any queries before applying, during the processing of your application, or before you arrive to take up a place contact:

The Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1482 466850

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