How to apply
Once you've read about our training programme and decided on the research areas you're interested in, you're ready to apply.
This step-by-step guide will take you through the application process.
Before you apply
1. Check your eligibility
You need to meet two key criteria in order to be eligible to apply.
UK and international students can apply for this programme - see more information here.
You need a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant area of science or technology, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, to be eligible to apply.
If you have a 2:2 or lower, you may still be eligible to apply if:
- you have a masters degree in a relevant subject
- you have three or more years of full-time work experience that is relevant to your undergraduate degree, or to the PhD projects you are applying for
You may still be eligible to apply if you were not able to complete your degree or achieved unexpectedly low degree results due to extenuating circumstances.
English not your first language?
If English isn't your first language, you will also need to meet the relevant English language requirements. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) is required, though we also accept alternative qualifications.
If you require additional support to develop your language skills, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education.
2. Complete the online application form
Share your motivation and how your skills and experience are relevant to the programme. You should also demonstrate how you would benefit from participating in the doctoral training programme and how you will contribute to your academic community as a result.
Once you have completed your application form, you can submit it online along with your template CV and academic transcripts. CVs must be submitted using the DTP template - applications which do not use this template will not be considered. Your name, age, gender and previous institutions of study will be removed from your application prior to sifting and you should not make reference to this information on your application form.
Submit your application
You need to supply the details of two referees. The DTP will request these directly if you are shortlisted for interview.
After you apply
Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be considered by a panel of academics who will select candidates to attend an online assessment centre. You will find out if you have been successful at this stage around six-eight weeks after the deadline. Candidates shortlisted for interview will receive a list of potential projects which will be on offer within the programme, and asked to submit a shortlist prior to interview.
Our assessment centres include a presentation on your previous research experience, an interview with an academic panel and a transferable skills panel. You will be told when you can expect to hear the final outcome at your interview.
All communications, such as invitations to interview and final offers, are sent via email.