Applying for a Research Degree

If you have been in contact with a member of academic staff and are ready to make your application, please go straight to the Online Application Portal.

You can read the Guidance notes on completing the application here.

Update for applicants

In common with other universities, the University of Roehampton is experiencing significant changes in the number of applications we are receiving across our different academic programmes. As a result, the University is currently reviewing the balance of resourcing across its academic schools. Consequently, it is possible that there may not be supervisory capacity in some areas for research students enrolling in October 2022 or that there may be changes to the supervisory arrangements available to enrolling students.

We encourage potential applicants to speak to the Graduate School if they have any questions or concerns via e-mail: The University expects to have completed its review by 18 July 2022. If the University is not able to offer supervision or needs to make any changes to supervisory arrangements, these decisions will be communicated promptly to any applicants and offer holders along with information about their options for alternatives.

The Application Process

Eligibility: To enter the PhD programme you are expected to hold a master's degree in a relevant subject area or in some cases, be able to provide evidence of equivalent experience and learning acquired in a professional context.

English Language: Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the English Language Requirements for research degree level study, detailed here.

Prospective students must make contact with the relevant academic department and receive their encouragement before submitting an application. This is to ensure that appropriate supervisory expertise is available for the proposed research project. A list of academic staff and their research interests is available via the relevant Research Centre or Academic Department. If you are unable to determine the most appropriate supervisor for your research project, please contact the relevant departmental Research Degrees Convenor, or the Graduate School will be happy to assist you. Email us at

You will be required to submit the following supporting documentation

  • Copies of academic certificates or transcripts
  • Copies of professional qualification certificates (if relevant)
  • Test results to demonstrate your proficiency in English (if required)
  • References from academic referees.

You may be asked for an example of your written work (for example, a chapter from an MA thesis). Incomplete applications and/or applications which do not name a departmental contact may be rejected. If your application and references are satisfactory and appropriate supervisory support is available, an interview will be arranged with you. If successful you will be offered a place on your chosen MPhil/PhD programme.

Submitting your online application

Please read the Guidance Notes on completing the online application. The deadlines for receipt of online applications are:

30th June for October entry

30th September for January entry

20th December for April entry

When you are ready to make your application, and have your supporting documents available, please apply via the Online Application portal. You will need to register in order to do this.

Applying to transfer to Roehampton

If you are currently completing your PhD at another institution and would like to transfer to Roehampton, please follow the process outlined below. This is not currently available via the online portal:

Visiting Research Students

If you are applying as a visiting research student, please follow the guidance below. This is not currently available via the online portal.