Applying for a research degree at LSBU is alot easier than you think. We support you right from the start ensuring that the application process is as smooth as possible.
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If you wish to study for a research degree identify the Faculty relevant to your chosen field of study and contact the Central Research Support Team to discuss your proposals. If the Faculty has the expertise and facilities to support your programme of research, you will need to complete an application form for admission to a research degree. In most cases you will be invited to attend a formal interview.
More detailed information on the procedures required to obtain a research degree are contained in the following sections:
For information on tuition fees visit our Fees and Funding website.
Fees Checker: Please select postgraduate (full or part-time as appropriate), year one, MPhil/PhD; this will bring up a list of course codes. Select the most appropriate course for you to find out what the Tuition Fee will be.
When you have agreed with the Director of Research that your intended field of study can be supported, complete the Research Degree Application Form, Form RES 1 (Word 202KB - opens in a new window) and send it to the Central Research Support Team.
You will be allocated two or more supervisors who will help you prepare your application for registration. Your application will be submitted to the appropriate Faculty Research Degree Sub-Committee, within a maximum period of six months from enrolment, when your supervisors are satisfied that the project is proceeding satisfactorily.
Please note: When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU. You are expected to have a good honours degree and preferably Postgraduate qualifications at Masters level from a UK University or the CNAA. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language, you will be expected to prove your competency in English.
Once your application for admission has been approved, you will receive a letter of confirmation and be asked to make an appointment to formally enrol as a research student at the University. If your application is accepted, you must enrol and pay the appropriate fees , if self funded, or provide proof of sponsorship along with proof of identification. This completes the first part of a two-stage process of enrolment and registration.
Once you are fully enrolled you will be issued with a student identity card which will allow you access to the University, including the Learning Resource Centre.You are required to inform the University (Research Degrees Office, your Faculty and the Library) of any change of personal details, including address and telephone number.
A re-enrolment pack is sent out to all students in September each year by the Central Research Support Team. The re-enrolment form contained has to be completed and returned along with payment or a revised original sponsorship letter (if applicable) and returned to the Credit Control Office in the Finance Department.
You must re-enrol each year until your thesis is submitted.
If you fail to re-enrol properly you will be unable to enter University premises, such as the Library or the Learning Resource Centre.
If you are converting to the writing-up stage, written confirmation from your Director of Studies must be provided to confirm that all aspects of your training are complete, other than writing your thesis. Writing-up will then come into effect at the beginning of the academic year. Transfer from MPhil to PhD may not take place while on this basis.
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To find out about opportunities to study as an International Student please visit our International webpage.
For further information about fees, enrolment, and registration for postgraduate courses visit our Postgraduate Students webpage.