Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate taught

The normal entry requirement for a master’s course is an honours degree, a postgraduate diploma or an equivalent professional qualification. This should usually be in the same discipline (or a related subject) as your intended postgraduate degree.

Applications are also welcomed from those with other qualifications or with experience which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. For information on entry requirements for specific courses, please refer to individual course entries.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For some courses a higher level of English may be required; please check individual course details.

Postgraduate research


The minimum entry requirement for the degree of MPhil or MPhil with transfer to PhD is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent qualification.

Applications are also welcomed from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the work proposed. You will be required to provide the names of 2 academic referees.


The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a master’s degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and which has included research training and a research project.

In exceptional cases, applicants who have a good honours degree (or equivalent) may apply for direct registration to PhD if they have appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

International / EU students

You may need to meet specific country and English language requirements to apply for postgraduate study. See entry requirements on our international students pages.