Applying for research degrees

Apply for a research degree

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. If you apply online, you can track the progress of your application. You can also upload more documents in support of your application.

Step 1

Create an account in MyAdmin and chose “postgraduate study applications” from the menu. MyAdmin will later become your student account with us.

(If you are a current or returning student of the University of Hull, you do not need to create a new account. Just log into your existing student account.)

Step 2

Fill in your application in full in a few simple steps. It usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete our online application.

We provide guidance throughout the application form on how to fill it in.

Step 3

Upload your supporting documents.

Step 4

Submit your application. You will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt of your application. The Postgraduate Admissions team will review your application and write to you with a decision.

Your offer to study at the University may be conditional (for example on providing a copy of a passport). You will need to meet any conditions stated on your offer letter before you can register. Tier 4 applicants will need to meet all conditions before the University can issue CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies).

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 the processing of your application.

For more information about your course, please see our course specific pages. You can also download a postgraduate subject brochure or order a hard copy.

Start dates

The following start dates for our PhD programmes are available:

  • 30th January 2017
  • 6th March 2017
  • 3rd April 2017
  • 12th June 2017 (not Business School applicants)
  • 3rd July 2017 (not Business School applicants)
  • 7th August 2017
  • 25th September 2017

Please arrive on time for the start of your course. This is important so that you do not miss introductory sessions and lectures. There is a preferred arrival time for international students.

In exceptional circumstances, the University may allow a later arrival. This is only possible by prior arrangement with the University. We consider each case individually and approval of exception is not automatic. The University cannot guarantee to provide for any missed lectures or tutorials.

Application deadlines

Please apply by 1st August to guarantee consideration for entry in September. Otherwise, please apply at least 6 weeks before your intended start date. Tier 4 applicants need to allow sufficient time for their application to the Home Office.

Research proposal

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

When applying for a PhD at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, pleaserefer to their webpagefor available research areas. We also encourage you to get in touch with potential supervisor before you apply to ensure that you chose a research area in which the University has an expertise.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

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


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 or friends are not accepted. Most of our courses require one recent academic reference. Current University of Hull graduates progressing to a postgraduate study do not generally need to provide a reference with their application.

Evidence of English language skills

Do you need a Tier 4 student visa to study or your first language is not English? You must provide us with an acceptable evidence of your English language skills. Please refer to further guidance on the English language requirements web page.


If you would like to defer the start of your course, you need to request this in writing. Please write to the Postgraduate Admissions team who will then contact the academic department. The team will inform you 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 apply again.

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