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1. Research your chosen area:

Before beginning your search for a potential supervisor, you should read more about the research expertise in the School of Engineering. This will give you an overview of the areas in which it is possible for you to undertake a PhD or MSc by Research. When you feel confident that you can contribute to the research carried out within the School, you can then begin your search for a supervisor.

Browse the research topics by research area or try the Research webpages and identify potential supervisors in the area(s) that are of interest to you. The academic staff in the School welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates, so you are advised to contact them directly. Send your research proposal or explain that you would like to discuss possible research projects with them and detail how you plan to fund your studies.

2. Write a coherent research proposal detailing your specific research interests:

Our guide to writing a research proposal can be found here:

3. Check the academic entry requirements:

Admission for a PhD or MSc by Research: Applicants should normally possess at least an upper second class honours standard or the equivalent and/or a Master's degree at Merit level or its equivalent.

Q. How do I know if my qualification grade is equivalent?

A. Overseas Qualifications: UK Equivalent Scores Stated equivalents are neither absolute nor complete. Satisfying the grade requirement of your course is only one aspect of the application and does not guarantee admission.

Q. What entry requirements does the University set?

A. In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (with no component score below 6.0). Acceptable English Language Tests

More information on this, including our English Language courses, is available online.

4. Have you considered funding, and in particular, investigated potential options for scholarships?

Many funding sources require a separate application, but doctoral candidates should apply for Warwick’s PhD scholarships via the application form for postgraduate admission to the University.The scholarships available via this route are currently the Chancellor’s International Scholarships. These scholarships are only open for applications during certain periods, so it is advisable to make a combined application for admission and for a scholarship during the open period.

NOTE: Receiving an offer for a research degree does not automatically mean you have also applied or are being considered for a scholarship.

5. Apply online:

Application Form Course Details:
Department: School of Engineering
Course Type: Research
Course: (make your selection)

We ask you to use our There are no application fees for Postgraduate Research programmes.

The application process does not routinely include consideration for a scholarship, unless otherwise stated in the scholarship advert. In most cases you will need to hold an offer of admission before making a scholarship application.

6. Upload your documents

Once your application is in we will email you with a link to upload your documents online.

Documents required:

Where do I need to send the supporting documents?

Postgraduate Admissions Team 6
University House
University of Warwick

Original (or attested copies of) documentation confirming all of the information you have provided must be made available to the University on request. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of any conditional offer of a place at the University of Warwick.

We regret that the Admissions Office will not return original documents sent in support of your application unless you provide a self-addressed envelope for their return at the time of submission. If you do not wish to send in original documents then please submit appropriately certified or attested copies.

7. What happens to my application?

Once all this information is provided, a decision is normally made within 6 to 8 weeks of receipt. Decisions for admission are made by prospective supervisors and the Director of Graduate Studies from the School of Engineering. However, the official decision will be communicated to you by the Postgraduate Admissions team. The decision sent to you will normally be one of the following:

In the case of a conditional offer being made, original (or attested copies of) documentation confirming all of the information you provided at application must be made available to the University when requested.

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