University of Bath

Doctoral research application process

How to apply for doctoral study

Before you apply

Required documents and information for all students

  • A scan of your degree certificate
  • A scan of your degree transcript (if you are still studying)
  • Two references (one must be from your institution if you have recently been studying)
  • Name of intended supervisor
  • Details of your proposed research
  • An up-to-date CV

Additional documents for International students

  • Authorised translation of your degree certificate and transcript if not in English
  • English language assessment certificate

Additional requirements

Some Faculties have specific requirements as part of their application process. You should check these requirements before you apply.

Step 1: Find a research area

Before you apply, you should have a topic you'd like to research. You can identify possible options through the relevant Faculty web pages.

Step 2: Identify a supervisor and develop your proposal

Depending on the subject you are interested in, you can apply to join a pre-defined research project or you may be expected to develop your own proposal.

You must find an academic that will be able to supervise you, you can do this by viewing their staff profile. Your proposed research project must be related to the academic's research interests. If possible try to make contact and discuss your proposed research.

Step 3: Apply

To apply, you must use the online application form. You will be asked to create an account before you can start the process. On the application form you will be asked for:

  • your personal details
  • passport details if you need a Tier 4 visa
  • intended start date
  • your finance and funding plans
  • education details
  • proof of English level if English is not your first language
  • details of your intended research and the name of your intended supervisor
  • the names and contact details of your referees, including at least one from academia if you have recently been studying
  • your supporting documents (outlined at the top of the page)

If you do not submit all the required documents, you will be asked for them later. If we do not receive these documents, we will not be able to assess your application.

After you have applied

Track your application

You can check the progress of your application by logging into Application Tracker. You will be given login details after you submit your application. If you forget your password, you can reset it.

You may be contacted to supply additional information or be invited to meet a potential supervisor to talk about your proposal.

We aim to make any decisions within six weeks of receiving applications and all the required supporting documentation.

Accepting your offer

We will let you know if your application has been successful via Application Tracker. If you have been successful you will be made an offer. You should accept or decline your offer through the tracker as soon as is possible.

Unconditional offer

You may be given an unconditional offer. This means you have met all the academic conditions we require. We are offering you a place.

Conditional offer

You may be given a conditional offer. This means there may be requirements that you have not yet met but that we hope you will be able to do so. These requirements may include tests such as English language scores, degree results or satisfactory references. You must meet these requirements and submit evidence of this via the Application Tracker to start your research with us.

If you have met the conditions of your offer, you will be contacted about the next steps.

Withdrawing your application

If you change your mind for any reason and no longer want to study at Bath, please contact the Doctoral College to withdraw your application.