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Application process for research degrees

There are a number of steps in the application process for research degrees, including finding a research opportunity and writing and submitting an application with a research proposal. You can find guidance to completing each step in the tabs below.

You are encouraged to contact the postgraduate administrator, or director of graduate studies, for specific information on current opportunities available and to see if there is a member of staff who may be interested in overseeing your research. 

You need to provide details about your research interests as well as a summary of your academic qualifications (a brief one to two page CV will be useful) and if you are self-funded or require funding. 

Your enquiry will then be forwarded to the relevant members of staff who will be able to provide detailed guidance on what is required for an application.

When you have secured a supervisor for your research project you should then submit an application form using Royal Holloway Direct

One of the most important elements of your application is a research proposal, which acts as an outline of your proposed research project.

It should include:

  • the title of your proposed thesis 
  • the main aims of your research (why do you think it’s worth doing?)
  • links to any previous work or hypotheses on the topic
  • information about available resources and any required
  • the research methods you intend to use, as well as a plan and timetable of work.

Your potential supervisor will be able to help you with the discipline-specific requirements of your research proposal and suggest a word length. There’s also more general guidance on writing a research proposal .

The application should be completed using Royal Holloway Direct, and it is important to state on this form if you want to study full- or part-time, and if you are a self-funded student or applying for a specific source of funding (scholarship).

Having registered, additional documents can be uploaded directly onto Royal Holloway Direct. These can include some or all of the following:

  • a brief research proposal
  • academic transcripts
  • English language qualifications, if your first language is not English
  • academic references
  • resume or CV (if available) to show published work and any industrial experience.

If you are successful in receiving an offer, you can accept it by completing the Offer Reply Form. 

Alternatively, complete the paper form that was sent with your offer letter and return to the Admissions Office.


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