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Before you apply

What you need to know before applying

Before you apply, you are advised to contact the relevant Research Centre/proposed Principal Supervisor in the first instance, to establish whether the appropriate supervisory expertise and capacity is available for your specific project. It is useful at this stage to provide an outline proposal using the guidelines.

It is very important that you make informal contact with your chosen department before completing an application. If you cannot find the details for your subject area on our website, Student Administration will be able to put you in touch with an appropriate person.

The supervisor will probably want to discuss your proposal with you, so you should consider what you might want to discuss, such as:

  • Your familiarity with current research in your area
  • Your previous research in this area and any possibility for Advance Standing
  • Gaps in the current research literature
  • How you see the role of your supervisor in your work – what your expectations are
  • The supervisor’s active research interests and background
  • How much time your supervisor considers appropriate to dedicate to your project
  • The research environment in your supervisor’s department
  • What facilities you may need, and whether these will be readily available to you


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