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2.1 An applicant for registration for the degree of MA, MSc or LLM by Research shall normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a Higher Education Institution in the UK or a qualification which is regarded by the Research Degrees Sub-Committee as equivalent to such an honours degree.
2.2 An applicant holding qualifications other than those in paragraph 2.1 shall be considered on the applicant’s merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the programme of work proposed. In considering an applicant in this category, the Research Degrees Sub-Committee shall look for evidence of the candidate’s ability and background knowledge in relation to the proposed research. Professional experience, publications, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment shall be taken into consideration. Where appropriate prior experience or certificated learning will be credited according to the requirements of the specific programmes. An applicant may be required to pass an externally assessed qualifying examination at final year honours degree level before registration is approved. An applicant wishing to be considered under this regulation shall include in the application for registration the names of two suitable persons whom the Faculty shall consult concerning the candidate’s academic attainment and fitness for research.
2.3 Applicants whose main language is not English must meet the University’s English language requirements and where applicable the Faculty or Department’s requirements.
2.4 Before being accepted, self-funded students should provide evidence that they are able to adequately fund the whole of their research degree programme. Candidates applying from a
number of countries may now be required to pay a deposit at the offer stage in order to be granted a visa for entry.