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Completing your research application

Guidance for completing your research application with your own research proposal.

Considering and applying for a PhD can seem like a daunting experience and you may have questions over where to start and what you need to do at each stage. Applying to a research programme at Birmingham is a simple, four-step process.

If you intend to apply to a PhD which is not advertised with funding, you can expect to follow our process below:

  1. Choose which research degree: PhD, MA/MSc by Research, or MRes? Consider the research area and themes;
  2. Begin your supervisor search. Consult with a potential supervisor or department via the contact details on their profiles;
  3. Write your research proposal using our advice;
  4. Make a formal application by following the guidance notes.