Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

How to Apply

  • Steps to take before applying

    We welcome part-time and full-time applicants, who can fund their course of study, but we will only accept projects where we can support you with a supervisory team with the relevant research experience. For this reason, we ask for the following:

    • Take a look at the  research pages for where your research topic would sit, to identify that there is a relevant research group for your research.
    • Email your CV and an outline of your area of interest in doing a research degree to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Our Doctoral Tutors can then ascertain whether the necessary facilities and supervisors are available. If this is so, you will be encouraged to submit a full application.

    Fee Information

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language and you need a Tier 4 student visa to enter the UK, you will need to meet the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) minimum English language requirements.

    The University’s requirements are higher than the levels required by this, as you need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

    Our requirement is IELTS: 6.5-7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), depending on the subject. Please note that an IELTS certificate is only valid for 2 years. For further information about the test visit the  IELTS website. Please note that we no longer accept TOEFL qualifications.

    However, there may be the following exceptions. See UK Government Visa information for more detail on the information below:
    https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english

    If you do not meet these requirements you may be able to take our University English as a pre-sessional course to meet the university’s language and academic requirements. You can find out more on our  pre-sessional courses here.

    English language requirements for visas
    If you are from a country that the UKVI considers to be majority English speaking, then you will not have to prove your English language level for visa purposes. If you have an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree then this may meet the UKVI's language requirements.

    For support with your Visa application, you can contact the University’s Student Advice Team +44(0)1865 484681 isat@brookes.ac.uk, and for more information on the requirements for Visas please visit  the GOV.UK website.

    How to Apply

    Once you have taken the Steps Before Applying, there are two requirements in making a formal application for MPhil or MPhil/PhD.
    If you are an overseas (including EU) applicant, you also need to read about our English Language requirements.

    1 - Complete an online 'UCAS Postgraduate' application form.

    This is an easy 4-stage process and you can save your draft as you go, log out and return later if you wish. At this stage your application can only be seen by you.

    You must include email, postal and telephone contact information for two Academic References on this form.

    https://www.ucas.com/postgraduate/how-apply-through-ucas/how-apply-postgraduate-coursesk

    2 - Email UKPASS-PGR@brookes.ac.uk, with these attachments:

    • Your personal statement, highlighting the reasons you want to study for a research degree
    • Your CV
    • Evidence of funding
    • Scanned certified copies of your Degree Certificates and a transcript of your academic record to date
    • If English is not your main language, scanned copies of English language proficiency qualification Certificates

    Should you have any difficulties completing your application, you can call UCAS Postgraduate Help on +44(0)871 334 4447. Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 (UK time).

    Please note that Masters by Research applicants need to hls-postgraduate-research-degrees-application-form complete this application form (.doc) instead of completing a UCAS Postgraduate application form. Please post it to the address shown on the form. You must include the attachments that would have been emailed to UKPASS-PGR (see above) if you had been applying for an MPhil/PhD or MPhil. Please ensure that you complete the two boxes on the form to detail your Academic References.

    What happens after my application is submitted?

    Once you have submitted your application to UCAS Postgraduate and to  UKPASS-PGR@brookes.ac.uk, you will receive:

    • An automatic reply from UCAS Postgraduate confirming that your application has been passed to the University.
    • An email from the Faculty to confirm that we have received your application and it is being considered.

    If your application progresses, you will be invited to interview which may be in person, by Skype or telephone.

    If successful, we will provide detailed instructions as to what to happens next and what you will need to do. Please note that if you are successful and an international applicant, you will be required to obtain ATAS clearance before applying for a visa. You can see what this means, by going to the  UK Government's ATAS site.