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Welcome

We are delighted that you are considering applying to Liverpool Hope to study for a research degree. With a history extending over 170 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. As the only ecumenical university foundation in Europe the University’s work has been shaped by Christian principles but embraces those of all faiths and none.

We currently have over 150 postgraduate research students conducting specialist research and collaborating with academic staff who are working at the frontiers of their subjects.

We are committed to ensuring that the quality and relevance of our postgraduate research programmes are of the very highest level. We believe that high quality research informs high quality education and we are proud that many aspects of our research have been judged to be of a world class standard. Our research activities take place across the range of disciplines - in humanities, sciences and social sciences, education, liberal arts, business and computer science.

Applications are welcomed from students interested in pursuing either a full-time or part-time higher degree (Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate (EdD)) and who satisfy the University's entry criteria.

These pages provide key information about applying for postgraduate research degrees. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

Vice Chancellor's Scholarships 2015 

Please note, application for these scholarships is now closed.

It is with great pleasure we are able to confirm that there are a number of PhD scholarships being offered in a range of specific subject areas across the institution. For further details please click here.

 

Contact Us

If you have any queries or questions please email us at:

E: researchdegrees@hope.ac.uk

Research at Hope

Before you apply for postgraduate research we would advise you to contact the academic department/school you are interested in to check that your research proposal aligns with Liverpool Hope’s key research areas and that there is appropriate support available to supervise your research.

You can find information about our research activities, and links to departmental contacts, via the following webpages:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities research related information 

Faculty of Education research related information 

Faculty of Science research related information 

Liverpool Hope is also host to a number of research centres. These centres place research and scholarly activity at the centre of all Faculty work. They support research-active staff and research students through ongoing research mentoring, an emphasis on research-informed teaching, and readily-available research support.

Information about our Research Centres 

Please note that we will only admit students to areas where the University has a strong research profile. 

Our Research Degrees

The UK doctorate: A guide for current and prospective doctoral candidates

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the National Union of Students (NUS) have created a guide for PGR students which recognises the diversity of awards and the student population to help guide doctoral students and applicants through what a UK doctorate is. We would encourage all applicants to our PGR programmes to refer to this guide during the application process: 

Read The UK Doctorate: A Guide for Current and Prospective Doctoral Candidates

We currently offer three research degrees;

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

What is a PhD?

A PhD is an independent piece of research and writing that presents an original contribution to existing knowledge within a given discipline. Liverpool Hope University will award the degree of PhD to students who have demonstrated:

  • the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
  • a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice;
  • the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;
  • a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Typically, holders of an PhD degree from Liverpool Hope University will:

  • be able to make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches.
  • have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility;
  • demonstrate largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations.

The maximum length of a PhD thesis at Liverpool Hope University is 100,000 words. 

How long will it take?

The period of study for a PhD is:

Full-time candidates:    typically 3 years; final deadline 4 years          

Part-time candidates:   typically 5 years; final deadline 6 years

Professional Doctorate (EdD)

What is an EdD? 

The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed to meet the needs of educational professionals in teaching, management or administration in a range of sectors. Students recruited to the programme come from occupations such as teaching, advisory roles, police work, social work and in the health sector, and often but not always hold senior positions. Common to them all is a desire to pursue an area of research related to and drawing on their professional work, and with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and for the wider professional community.

There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which students engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to their own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis integrating academic and professional considerations.

The programme is divided into two parts. In the first of these, students undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each). This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms a good foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2, on a research question broadly related to professional practice.  A thesis submitted for the Professional Doctorate should not exceed 60,000 words.

How long will it take? 

The period of study for an EdD is: Part-time typically four years.

Further details

For full details about the delivery and content of the Professional Doctorate programme, please click here

Master of Philosphy (MPhil)

What is an MPhil?

The MPhil is an award of considerable distinction in its own right, and is awarded for the successful completion of a substantial element of research or equivalent enquiry. The MPhil differs from the PhD only in terms of the scope of study required, demonstrated by the shorter word limit of 60,000, and the extent of the original personal contribution to knowledge.

Liverpool Hope University will award the degree of MPhil to students who have demonstrated:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice;
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline;
  • conceptual understanding that enables the student:to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Typically, holders of an MPhil degree from Liverpool Hope University will:

  • be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
  • have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

How long will it take? 

The period of study for an MPhil is: 

Full-time typically two years; final deadline three years

Part-time typically three years; final deadline four years


Applicant Guide

To apply for postgraduate study you must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme. Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence and other relevant experience, and how closely your research proposal aligns with Liverpool Hope’s key research areas. We will also look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

Entry Criteria

Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

Applicants applying for PhD should normally possess a Masters degree which matches the descriptor for a Level 7 qualification in the UK Framework of Higher Education Qualifications, and compromises:

EITHER a Masters Degree with Distinction from a UK University;

OR a Masters degree with Merit from a UK University, INCLUDING a Distinction grade for the Dissertation [or equivalent];

OR a Masters Degree from a UK University that does not offer awards with Merit, the Registrar having confirmed that the profile of marks awarded by that University satisfies or exceeds Liverpool Hope University's requirements for the award of a Master's Degree with Merit, AND that the Dissertation [or equivalent] was awarded a Distinction grade;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Master of Philosophy [MPhil]

Applicants applying for an MPhil should normally possess a Masters degree which matches the descriptor for a Level 7 qualification in the UK Framework of Higher Education Qualifications, and compromises:

EITHER a Masters degree of a UK University

OR an equivalent qualification from outside of the UK

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English. 

Advanced Standing

MPhil and PhD applicants who have successfully completed one or more years of full-time study [or two or more years of part-time study] for a research degree at a UK University may be considered for admission with advanced standing. In such cases, the admissions procedure shall be identical to other applicants; however, the duration of the programme may vary and shall be as specified at the time of entry.

Professional Doctorate Degrees

Applicants for admission to a programme of study leading to the award of a Professional Doctorate should normally possess:

EITHER a Masters degree at merit or distinction level in a relevant discipline from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

AND

Applicants must have at least 3 years' experience of leadership in a professional area relevant to the programme of study. In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate Programme only. As such they will be admitted for a Professional Masters degree [eg an MEd]. This applies if the applicant possesses:

EITHER a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside of the UK

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English. 

Advanced Standing

Professional Doctorate applicants may, by following the University's Accreditation of Prior Learning procedures, request exemption, on the basis of prior certificated learning, from one or more Part Once courses. No applicant shall normally be exempted from the Research Proposal, and no candidate shall be normally exempted from more than 135 credits. 

 

Application Deadlines PhD and MPhil

The University admits students to its MPhil and PhD programmes at two points during the year.

For an October start date, you must submit your full application before the 1st May in the same year (for example, 30th April 2016 for an October 2016 start).
For a February start date, you must submit your full application before 1st October in the preceding calendar year (for example, 30th September 2016 for a February 2017 start date).    
For information on application deadlines for the EdD programme please contact researchdegrees@hope.ac.uk

Fees

As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for the course you are studying.

Details of Fees for Home and EU Students

Details of Fees for International Students

The University has previously made available a number of doctoral scholarships. The are no scholarships available for 2013-14 or 2014-15. Any enquiries about future scholarships should be made directly to the Dean of the Faculty to which you are thinking of applying. 

 

Funding Your Degree 

Before applying for a research degree, you will need to think carefully about how you will fund your studies. You will need to cover your fees, living expenses and other costs associated with your research. There is no automatic Government funding for postgraduate students, however our Additional Information on PGR Funding  ‌provides information on funding opportunities and offers advice on how to fund your studies.

The information is by no means definitive: it includes only information about bursary competitions sent to the University by specific organisations and will be updated on a regular basis as and when we receive relevant information. The University provides a limited amount of funding to support PGR students during their research so that they can attend conferences and workshops etc.   

 

Disabilty

The University encourages applications from people of all abilities. Disclosure of any form of disability will not negatively impact upon the academic process when making decisions regarding admission onto a course at this University.

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term medical or mental health condition, you are strongly encouraged to disclose this in your application. Prospective students from outside the UK are advised to declare any disability or additional needs as early as possible in the application process, ideally prior to arrival at the University. The Learning Support Team will then contact you shortly after to find out more about your support needs.

For further advice and assistance please contact the learning support team:

E. sdw@hope.ac.uk

Tel. +44 (0) 151 291 3427

 

Immigration and Visas

Please note that International Applicants will need to ensure that they obtain the correct visas to study in the UK. The requirements will vary depending on your own circumstances. For information and advice please contact the International Team on international@hope.ac.uk

 

Life at Hope 

To find out more about our Facilities, Accommodation and Campuses as well as Student Support and Learning Spaces visit out Life at Hope webpages

 

 

 

Apply Now

To apply, please use our ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Guidance on submitting your application

Step 1

When you first enter the online application system you will be asked to create an account. Once you have done this you will then be automatically taken to the applicant pages and application form. The online account means that you can save your application as you go, and login as many times as you like.

Step 2

You will need to fill in a short Expression of Interest. This asks for a little more information about you and a 500 word summary of your proposed area of research. This is then sent to the relevant Head of Department/School. Please make the most of this opportunity to use the maximum word count; the more detail about your proposed research topic you provide the easier it will be for colleagues to make a decision whether or not to invite you to submit a full application. A short sentence is not acceptable and will not be considered.

Step 3

Your Expression of Interest will be considered and you will be informed of any decisions by email. If your expression of interest is supported by the relevant Head of Department/School, you will be invited to submit your Full Application.

Step 4

Fill in the Full Application sections of the on-line application form – using the guidance within the form. You can re-enter and complete your application at times convenient to yourself. Please make sure that you complete your full application before the closing date for applications for your chosen entry date. A key element of your Full Application will be a detailed outline of your proposed research or, if you are applying for either a professional doctorate or a funded doctoral scholarship (where the research topic is already defined), a personal statement in support of your application.  If applying to study for a research degree at the University you will need to submit a research proposal of approximately 3000 words. Particular attention will be paid to clarity of expression and also the structure, coherence and flow of argument. You should always include a short bibliography with your research proposal that lists books and articles to which you have made reference in your proposal. You will not be obliged to adhere to the specifics of your proposal if you are offered a place as a research degree candidate, but as the proposal is the foundation of your working relationship with your prospective supervisors it cannot be altered without discussion and consultation with them. If you do not submit a research proposal we will be unable to consider your application. Click on the link for Advice on Writing a Research Proposal.

Step 5

Upload your supporting documents. These include copies of your: Masters Degree certificate(s); Transcripts; English Language qualifications and Passport details (required for International applicants); References.

Step 6

Once you have submitted your application you can print a copy of your application for your own records. However you cannot re-enter and make any changes at this stage.

Step 7

Your application will be considered and you may be invited to attend an interview at Hope (or via Skype for students who live at a distance)

You can see the status of your application at any time by logging into the system.

Welcome

We are delighted that you are considering applying to Liverpool Hope to study for a research degree. With a history extending over 170 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. As the only ecumenical university foundation in Europe the University’s work has been shaped by Christian principles but embraces those of all faiths and none.

We currently have over 150 postgraduate research students conducting specialist research and collaborating with academic staff who are working at the frontiers of their subjects.

We are committed to ensuring that the quality and relevance of our postgraduate research programmes are of the very highest level. We believe that high quality research informs high quality education and we are proud that many aspects of our research have been judged to be of a world class standard. Our research activities take place across the range of disciplines - in humanities, sciences and social sciences, education, liberal arts, business and computer science.

Applications are welcomed from students interested in pursuing either a full-time or part-time higher degree (Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate (EdD)) and who satisfy the University's entry criteria.

These pages provide key information about applying for postgraduate research degrees. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

Vice Chancellor's Scholarships 2015 

Please note, application for these scholarships is now closed.

It is with great pleasure we are able to confirm that there are a number of PhD scholarships being offered in a range of specific subject areas across the institution. For further details please click here.

 

Contact Us

If you have any queries or questions please email us at:

E: researchdegrees@hope.ac.uk

Research at Hope

Before you apply for postgraduate research we would advise you to contact the academic department/school you are interested in to check that your research proposal aligns with Liverpool Hope’s key research areas and that there is appropriate support available to supervise your research.

You can find information about our research activities, and links to departmental contacts, via the following webpages:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities research related information 

Faculty of Education research related information 

Faculty of Science research related information 

Liverpool Hope is also host to a number of research centres. These centres place research and scholarly activity at the centre of all Faculty work. They support research-active staff and research students through ongoing research mentoring, an emphasis on research-informed teaching, and readily-available research support.

Information about our Research Centres 

Please note that we will only admit students to areas where the University has a strong research profile. 

Our Research Degrees

The UK doctorate: A guide for current and prospective doctoral candidates

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the National Union of Students (NUS) have created a guide for PGR students which recognises the diversity of awards and the student population to help guide doctoral students and applicants through what a UK doctorate is. We would encourage all applicants to our PGR programmes to refer to this guide during the application process: 

Read The UK Doctorate: A Guide for Current and Prospective Doctoral Candidates

We currently offer three research degrees;

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

What is a PhD?

A PhD is an independent piece of research and writing that presents an original contribution to existing knowledge within a given discipline. Liverpool Hope University will award the degree of PhD to students who have demonstrated:

  • the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
  • a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice;
  • the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;
  • a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Typically, holders of an PhD degree from Liverpool Hope University will:

  • be able to make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches.
  • have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility;
  • demonstrate largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations.

The maximum length of a PhD thesis at Liverpool Hope University is 100,000 words. 

How long will it take?

The period of study for a PhD is:

Full-time candidates:    typically 3 years; final deadline 4 years          

Part-time candidates:   typically 5 years; final deadline 6 years

Professional Doctorate (EdD)

What is an EdD? 

The Doctor of Education (EdD) has been specifically designed to meet the needs of educational professionals in teaching, management or administration in a range of sectors. Students recruited to the programme come from occupations such as teaching, advisory roles, police work, social work and in the health sector, and often but not always hold senior positions. Common to them all is a desire to pursue an area of research related to and drawing on their professional work, and with the aim of creating new knowledge, applications and understanding that will bring both personal benefits and for the wider professional community.

There is a strong emphasis on individualised learning and personal critical reflection related to professional identities, values and contexts. The programme provides a structured environment in which students engage at an advanced level with a range of academic and professional issues relevant to their own practice. The learning and teaching strategy seeks to develop the three key skills of independent learning, independent research, and sustained critical and self-reflexive analysis integrating academic and professional considerations.

The programme is divided into two parts. In the first of these, students undertake three ‘strands’ of taught study (equalling 40 credits each). This is followed by the writing of a substantial research proposal (60 credits), which forms a good foundation for the supervised thesis in part 2, on a research question broadly related to professional practice.  A thesis submitted for the Professional Doctorate should not exceed 60,000 words.

How long will it take? 

The period of study for an EdD is: Part-time typically four years.

Further details

For full details about the delivery and content of the Professional Doctorate programme, please click here

Master of Philosphy (MPhil)

What is an MPhil?

The MPhil is an award of considerable distinction in its own right, and is awarded for the successful completion of a substantial element of research or equivalent enquiry. The MPhil differs from the PhD only in terms of the scope of study required, demonstrated by the shorter word limit of 60,000, and the extent of the original personal contribution to knowledge.

Liverpool Hope University will award the degree of MPhil to students who have demonstrated:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice;
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline;
  • conceptual understanding that enables the student:to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Typically, holders of an MPhil degree from Liverpool Hope University will:

  • be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
  • have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

How long will it take? 

The period of study for an MPhil is: 

Full-time typically two years; final deadline three years

Part-time typically three years; final deadline four years


Applicant Guide

To apply for postgraduate study you must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme. Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence and other relevant experience, and how closely your research proposal aligns with Liverpool Hope’s key research areas. We will also look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

Entry Criteria

Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

Applicants applying for PhD should normally possess a Masters degree which matches the descriptor for a Level 7 qualification in the UK Framework of Higher Education Qualifications, and compromises:

EITHER a Masters Degree with Distinction from a UK University;

OR a Masters degree with Merit from a UK University, INCLUDING a Distinction grade for the Dissertation [or equivalent];

OR a Masters Degree from a UK University that does not offer awards with Merit, the Registrar having confirmed that the profile of marks awarded by that University satisfies or exceeds Liverpool Hope University's requirements for the award of a Master's Degree with Merit, AND that the Dissertation [or equivalent] was awarded a Distinction grade;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Master of Philosophy [MPhil]

Applicants applying for an MPhil should normally possess a Masters degree which matches the descriptor for a Level 7 qualification in the UK Framework of Higher Education Qualifications, and compromises:

EITHER a Masters degree of a UK University

OR an equivalent qualification from outside of the UK

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English. 

Advanced Standing

MPhil and PhD applicants who have successfully completed one or more years of full-time study [or two or more years of part-time study] for a research degree at a UK University may be considered for admission with advanced standing. In such cases, the admissions procedure shall be identical to other applicants; however, the duration of the programme may vary and shall be as specified at the time of entry.

Professional Doctorate Degrees

Applicants for admission to a programme of study leading to the award of a Professional Doctorate should normally possess:

EITHER a Masters degree at merit or distinction level in a relevant discipline from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside the UK. Please note that equivalency of qualifications is judged by Liverpool Hope University, and all decisions are final.

AND

Applicants must have at least 3 years' experience of leadership in a professional area relevant to the programme of study. In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be considered for admission to Part One of the Professional Doctorate Programme only. As such they will be admitted for a Professional Masters degree [eg an MEd]. This applies if the applicant possesses:

EITHER a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK University;

OR an equivalent qualification from outside of the UK

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English. 

Advanced Standing

Professional Doctorate applicants may, by following the University's Accreditation of Prior Learning procedures, request exemption, on the basis of prior certificated learning, from one or more Part Once courses. No applicant shall normally be exempted from the Research Proposal, and no candidate shall be normally exempted from more than 135 credits. 

 

Application Deadlines PhD and MPhil

The University admits students to its MPhil and PhD programmes at two points during the year.

For an October start date, you must submit your full application before the 1st May in the same year (for example, 30th April 2016 for an October 2016 start).
For a February start date, you must submit your full application before 1st October in the preceding calendar year (for example, 30th September 2016 for a February 2017 start date).    
For information on application deadlines for the EdD programme please contact researchdegrees@hope.ac.uk

Fees

As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for the course you are studying.

Details of Fees for Home and EU Students

Details of Fees for International Students

The University has previously made available a number of doctoral scholarships. The are no scholarships available for 2013-14 or 2014-15. Any enquiries about future scholarships should be made directly to the Dean of the Faculty to which you are thinking of applying. 

 

Funding Your Degree 

Before applying for a research degree, you will need to think carefully about how you will fund your studies. You will need to cover your fees, living expenses and other costs associated with your research. There is no automatic Government funding for postgraduate students, however our Additional Information on PGR Funding  ‌provides information on funding opportunities and offers advice on how to fund your studies.

The information is by no means definitive: it includes only information about bursary competitions sent to the University by specific organisations and will be updated on a regular basis as and when we receive relevant information. The University provides a limited amount of funding to support PGR students during their research so that they can attend conferences and workshops etc.   

 

Disabilty

The University encourages applications from people of all abilities. Disclosure of any form of disability will not negatively impact upon the academic process when making decisions regarding admission onto a course at this University.

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term medical or mental health condition, you are strongly encouraged to disclose this in your application. Prospective students from outside the UK are advised to declare any disability or additional needs as early as possible in the application process, ideally prior to arrival at the University. The Learning Support Team will then contact you shortly after to find out more about your support needs.

For further advice and assistance please contact the learning support team:

E. sdw@hope.ac.uk

Tel. +44 (0) 151 291 3427

 

Immigration and Visas

Please note that International Applicants will need to ensure that they obtain the correct visas to study in the UK. The requirements will vary depending on your own circumstances. For information and advice please contact the International Team on international@hope.ac.uk

 

Life at Hope 

To find out more about our Facilities, Accommodation and Campuses as well as Student Support and Learning Spaces visit out Life at Hope webpages

 

 

 

Apply Now

To apply, please use our ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Guidance on submitting your application

Step 1

When you first enter the online application system you will be asked to create an account. Once you have done this you will then be automatically taken to the applicant pages and application form. The online account means that you can save your application as you go, and login as many times as you like.

Step 2

You will need to fill in a short Expression of Interest. This asks for a little more information about you and a 500 word summary of your proposed area of research. This is then sent to the relevant Head of Department/School. Please make the most of this opportunity to use the maximum word count; the more detail about your proposed research topic you provide the easier it will be for colleagues to make a decision whether or not to invite you to submit a full application. A short sentence is not acceptable and will not be considered.

Step 3

Your Expression of Interest will be considered and you will be informed of any decisions by email. If your expression of interest is supported by the relevant Head of Department/School, you will be invited to submit your Full Application.

Step 4

Fill in the Full Application sections of the on-line application form – using the guidance within the form. You can re-enter and complete your application at times convenient to yourself. Please make sure that you complete your full application before the closing date for applications for your chosen entry date. A key element of your Full Application will be a detailed outline of your proposed research or, if you are applying for either a professional doctorate or a funded doctoral scholarship (where the research topic is already defined), a personal statement in support of your application.  If applying to study for a research degree at the University you will need to submit a research proposal of approximately 3000 words. Particular attention will be paid to clarity of expression and also the structure, coherence and flow of argument. You should always include a short bibliography with your research proposal that lists books and articles to which you have made reference in your proposal. You will not be obliged to adhere to the specifics of your proposal if you are offered a place as a research degree candidate, but as the proposal is the foundation of your working relationship with your prospective supervisors it cannot be altered without discussion and consultation with them. If you do not submit a research proposal we will be unable to consider your application. Click on the link for Advice on Writing a Research Proposal.

Step 5

Upload your supporting documents. These include copies of your: Masters Degree certificate(s); Transcripts; English Language qualifications and Passport details (required for International applicants); References.

Step 6

Once you have submitted your application you can print a copy of your application for your own records. However you cannot re-enter and make any changes at this stage.

Step 7

Your application will be considered and you may be invited to attend an interview at Hope (or via Skype for students who live at a distance)

You can see the status of your application at any time by logging into the system.