How to apply
LSBU's process of applying for one of our Research Degrees is quick and efficient
Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. Apply through UCAS Postgraduate.
We encourage you to contact the relevant PhD supervisor before making an application. This will help you ensure that your application is written in a way which addresses what we are looking for. Each PhD advertisement will let you know the name and contact details of the corresponding supervisor.
General application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.
Considering your application
Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.
There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.
Once your application for admission has been approved, you will receive an email regarding enrolment. This starts the formalities of you enrolling as a research student with us. At enrolment you'll be asked to provide identification, original qualifications and pay the appropriate fees or provide proof of sponsorship.
Once you are fully enrolled you will be issued with a student identity card giving you access to University buildings, including our Learning Resource Centre and Library. You are required to inform the Research Degrees Office, your School and the Library if your personal details change, including your address and telephone number.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme
If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study the following courses:
- Master of Engineering Management
- MSc Mechanical Engineering
- MSc Petroleum Engineering
- MEng (Hons)
- Mechanical Engineering
- MEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering
- PhD Allied Health Professions
- PhD Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
- PhD Computer Science and Informatics
- PhD Electronic and Electrical Engineering
- PhD Engineering and the Built Environment
- PhD Engineering
- PhD Food Sciences
- PhD General Engineering
- PhD Health Studies
- PhD Human Sciences
- PhD Mechanical Engineering
- PhD Nursing
- PhD Production and Manufacturing Engineering
This is a requirement for enrolment at the University or for obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if you need to make a Tier 4 General visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.
The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.
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