University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

How to apply

Please carefully read the information regarding our PhD programmes including the entrance requirements (such as Academic Qualifications and English Language).  Even if you apply for the PhD Programme, we may ask you to complete our Master of Research (MRes) prior to commencing your PhD studies (this is known as the Integrated PhD and is the 1+3 model) if we feel that you do not have the necessary qualifications.

Required documents and information

All students need Additional documents for International students
Degree certificate - provide a scan of your award Authorised translation of your degree certificate / transcript if not in English 
Degree transcript (if you are still studying) - both undergraduate and postgraduate (if applicable)

This must be in English where appropriate
English language assessment certificate
Two references - we do not accept character or personal references
  • One reference must be an academic reference from the institute where you have studied.
  • The second reference may be another academic reference, or from someone who knows you in a relevant work context if you have not studied in the last seven years.
  • The references must be a scan of the signed and dated letter, on official letter headed paper.
Name of intended supervisor   
An outline of your proposed research (approximately 2,500 to 3,000 words/ up to six pages) which must include:
  • Your name
  • Proposed programme of study
  • Tentative title of thesis
  • Aims and objectives
  • Rationale
  • Methodology
  • Timeline
  • Bibliography
Please look at the specific programme requirements and check for research areas and available PhD projects
An up-to-date CV (approximately 1,000 words or two sides of A4 paper) demonstrating clear evidence of academic, personal and professional achievements (including prizes received or papers published)  
If you wish to be considered for funding, please supply a brief statement (approx 1 side of A4) indicating why you should be considered.

If you are applying for ESRC funding, you must complete the ESRC Student Statement Form and submit this as a supporting document with your application. All applicants must also complete the Equal Opportunities Form to provide data required by the ESRC. This form should NOT be attached to the application, but emailed to the address given on the form. It will be kept separate from the application.

More information on funding opportunities

Start date

We have one start date due to the taught elements of the PhD Programmes which is October.

UK/EU students

If you are a UK/EU student please apply at least two months before your intended start date.

Overseas students

If you are an overseas student then please apply at least five months before your intended start date. 

Step 1: Find a research area

Before you apply, you should have a topic you'd like to research. You can identify possible options on our research Divisions 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:

  1. your personal details
  2. passport details if you need a Tier 4 visa
  3. intended start date
  4. your finance and funding plans statement
  5. education details
  6. proof of English level if English is not your first language
  7. details of your intended research and the name of your intended supervisor
  8. the names and contact details of your referees, including at least one from academia if you have recently been studying
  9. your supporting documents
  10. Applicants wishing to be considered for ESRC funding, MUST complete and upload the Student Statement Form with their application

You can use the table at the top of the page to find out what you'll need. If we do not receive these documents we will not be able to assess your application.

Apply online

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 6 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 offer you will be contacted about the next steps.

Withdrawing applications

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