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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:
There is no specified format for research proposals, but the following areas are usually covered:
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.
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 visasIf 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 email@example.com, and for more information on the requirements for Visas please visit the GOV.UK website.
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.
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.
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 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.
Once you have submitted your application to UCAS Postgraduate and to UKPASS-PGR@brookes.ac.uk, you will receive:
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.