Explore our postgraduate taught and research programmes on the
If you are interested in doing a Masters by research or a PhD,
take a look at our areas of
expertise and research themes.
You can also download our postgraduate brochures
to find out more about your subject area.
Our entry requirements can be found on the course pages. For
international students, find your entry requirements on the
country specific pages
and also check the English language
We consider a wide range of UK and international qualifications
and experiences so please always check with us if your
qualifications are different to the ones listed on our website.
Support and study facilities
As a postgraduate student at Hull, you have access to excellent
facilities and support. You will be able to develop your research
skills and gain transferable skills by completing our Postgraduate Training Scheme. Our Graduate School offers specialist facilities that
are available 24 hours a day as well as dedicated administrative
support. The beautifully renovated Brynmor Jones
Library is another perfect place to study and socialise, and
PhD students have VIP access to the Postgraduate Lounge . To meet
new people, we also recommend you join the Postgraduate Society and
take part in its many social activities.
Applying online is the quickest and easiest method for
postgraduates. This also allows you to review the progress of your
application after it has been submitted. To apply, follow the steps
The process of applying is
different for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the MA
in Social Work. Please see instructions further down this page.
Create an account in MyAdmin.
(If you are a current student at Hull, skip this step and
instead use your student account to log in.)
Activate your account and set your password. An activation code
will be sent to you by email.
Complete and submit your application.
Applying by paper form
If you are unable to apply online, download our
application and reference form. You can post or email a scanned
copy to the Admissions Service when completed. However, we would
encourage you to apply online where possible.
Applying for MA Social Work
Applications for this course can be made through UCAS. The
University of Hull's institution code is H72. Full instructions can
be found on the UCAS website.
Applying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Applications for the Primary and Secondary Postgraduate
Certificate in Education courses are made through UCAS Teacher
Training (UTT). Further information is available from the
If you have been asked for references, they must be on a
of Hull reference form or company letter-headed paper with an
official stamp. References from family or friends are not
You can apply for a postgraduate course at any time and there
are no specific deadlines. However, to guarantee a consideration
for September entry, you should apply by 1 August. If you require a
Tier 4 student visa, you need to allow enough time to process your
application. Later applications may be considered or offered entry
to the next intake.
The majority of our Postgraduate Taught programmes have a start
date in September only:
28 September 2015
26 September 2016
If you are applying for a PhD, the following start dates are
available in addition to the September starts shown above:
7 December 2015
1 February 2016
7 March 2016 (not Business School applicants)
4 April 2016
6 June 2016 (not Business School applicants)
4 July 2016 (not Business School applicants)
1 August 2016
Postgraduate research applicants
You will need to provide a research proposal as part of your
application. To help you write this, read the research proposal
section on the next page and also look at the academic departments’
webpages to find out if the topic you are interested in is
available at Hull. We also recommend that you review our academics’
profile pages to get an idea of their research expertise.
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.
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 in due course). Deferrals are normally only allowed if
requested up to six weeks after the initial start date. After this,
you may need to re-apply.
Writing a convincing and well argued research proposal is an
essential part of being accepted for a research degree. It meets
- It helps you to clarify your own ideas on what you want to do
and what your priorities are.
- It enables the department to which you have applied to decide
whether or not it has the expertise to supervise you, and, if it
does, to identify appropriate supervisors. It also enables us to
discuss with you any changes which we might wish to suggest so that
we are able to supervise it more appropriately. We recognise that
in Science-based areas the research proposal may already be
determined by a departmental research team or the supervisor in the
context of a funded research project. In these cases, many of the
guidelines presented here may not apply.
- At an early stage it allows potential supervisors and other
members of the department to ask questions about content, approach,
values and methodology before you embark on the study and to
determine the facilities required for the research.
- It allows potential problems to be identified at this
preliminary stage and to be resolved before you progress.
Normally, your proposal should be up to about 1000 words long
(or up to 3-4 sides of A4), but it is advisable to check this with
your chosen department as it may vary. Within it, you should
- that the title indicates the field, scope and topic of the
- that you can indicate an awareness of some of the significant
literature in your chosen field or whether there is very little, if
any, relevant literature in this field
- that you formulate clearly the research question, problem or
issue that you wish to address and indicate how it might contribute
to the advancement of knowledge and scholarship in this field: in
other words, you have to state why you think your proposed research
is important and how you might make an original contribution to
- that you provide an account of the kind of research methods you
feel are appropriate to such a study (i.e. questionnaire,
interviews, participant observation, archival and library research,
laboratory work, team-based research etc.), and the balance between
- that you provide enough information on yourself and the topic
to show how the study fits with your past or present experience,
your concerns and interests, and, if appropriate, the concerns of
your current employer or organisation
- that you have already ascertained that the individuals, data
sources and organisations that will be critical to your study will
be accessible to you.
Provide evidence in your proposal of:
- Appropriateness of title
- Literature appreciation
- A carefully framed research question or problem
- Research methods
- Suitability to personal situation and experience
- Accessibility of information sources
If these are properly covered in your proposal, we will be able
to provide you with a more helpful, accurate and quick response to
If you have any questions about how to apply to the University
of Hull or would like to speak to someone about your application,
get in touch with us so that we can assist you. You can contact us
by email, phone or online
chat. We are always happy to help.
Postgraduate admissions questions
+44 (0)1482 466850
Questions about applying for a Postgraduate Certificate
+44 (0)1482 465974
Questions about applying for an MA Social
+44 (0)1482 465803
International students contact
+44 (0)1482 466904
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your
application by email. 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
Please follow the instructions on the application and provide
all additional information such as proof of qualifications; this
will help to avoid unnecessary delays in processing your
If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK we recommend that
you apply at least three months before your course start date to
allow the minimum time to complete the University and Home Office
Tier 4 visa processes. In most cases the Tier 4 process takes at
least three to four weeks.
We cannot sponsor a Tier 4 visa for part-time study. If you
would like to study part-time you must have a visa or immigration
status that permits you to study and that the University finds
acceptable. Further information about Tier 4 student visas can be
found in the Frequently Asked Questions
page and on the International
English language proficiency
If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and/or your first
language is not English, you will need to show evidence of your
English language level. Check our English
language requirements page to find out the range of
qualifications we accept and the level you will be required to
achieve. Some postgraduate programmes have higher English language
If you do not meet our English language requirements you can do
one of our English language courses before the start of your
degree. Depending on your level of English, you can take a 4, 9 or
12 month pre-sessional
UHELP course. Alternatively, if you just need to brush up your
English, we offer a short 4 or 8 week
summer study programme.
If you have applied for a science and technology programme, you
may need to apply for an ATAS certificate. Your offer letter will
say if you need one. See our ATAS Frequently
Asked Questions page for more information.
Tuition fee deposit
All international students undertaking a foundation programme, a
taught/research Masters or a PhD are required to pay a tuition fee
deposit of £2000. The Tier 4 CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance
for Studies) will only be issued once the required deposit amount
has been received. This may take 5 working days depending on the
time of year.
If your studies are funded by a University approved financial
sponsor, you will not need to pay the above deposit, provided that
you have submitted the appropriate financial guarantee
Apart from the required tuition deposit, paying tuition fees to
the University in advance is not a requirement of the visa process.
Students who choose to pay any additional fees to the University in
advance need to ensure that the payment is reflected in their CAS
If you are sponsored, please send your sponsorship letter to the
Finance Oﬃce by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that
our team can confirm whether or not you are exempt.
Students who are currently studying an undergraduate course at
the University of Hull and apply for a postgraduate course are not
required to pay the deposit.