Research Degrees are available in the following research areas at Westminster:

Apply for a research degree

When to apply

  • You may apply at any time of the year.
  • You may start your Research Degree in either January or September.
  • You are encouraged to contact us to discuss the availability of supervision, before you make a formal application as this can lead to a quicker decision.
  • The assessment of your suitability and the availability of supervision can take some time, typically between two and three months from submission of your application.
  • We encourage you to observe the ‘apply by’ dates in the table below. These are the latest dates by which we can guarantee you will have enough time to complete all the pre arrival stages in time for your preferred start date.
  • If you are an overseas applicant, we advise you to apply well in advance of your preferred start date as the Tier 4 Student Visa application process can be very lengthy.
  • If you do miss the relevant ‘apply by’ date we will do our best to process your application in time, but you may have to consider a later starting date.

The recommended ‘apply by’ dates to ensure you to meet your preferred start date are listed in the table below.

Your preferred start date Recommended ‘apply by’ date if you are an Overseas applicant requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa Recommended ‘apply by’ date if you are a Home applicant

January 2018

31 August 2017 30 September 2017

September 2018

20 April 2018 15 June 2018

January 2019

31 August 2018 28 September 2018

All applications are assessed on an individual basis and in some cases the University may require you to meet higher entry requirements than the minimums outlined below.

MPhil/PhD applicants should normally have:

  • A minimum classification of 2.1 in their first degree or equivalent
  • And preferably a Masters degree (or Masters degree pending)
  • Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as:
English language test Minimum entry requirement
IELTS 6.5 (overall band score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements)
TOEFL (Internet Based)  No longer accepted. Certificates issued before 17 April 2014 with scores of 91 may be accepted, please check with your admissions office.
TOEFL (Paper Based)  No longer accepted. Certificates issued before 17 April 2014 with scores of 570 may be accepted, please check with your admissions office.
Cambridge Proficiency Pass

Please note:

Applicants to the Westminster Law School are expected to have passed their LLM or MA with merit or distinction with 65% or above in their dissertation and to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 where appropriate.

Applicants to Westminster Exchange are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 where appropriate.

Applicants to English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in any of the individual elements).

If you have not previously studied in the UK you can find out about qualification equivalencies on our country pages.