Faculty of Science

How to apply for research programmes in Science

Find out more about when to apply for one of our EngD or PhD programmes.

Make sure you've got the required documents and information before your start your application.

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 Graduate School 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:

  1. your personal details
  2. passport details if you need a Tier 4 visa
  3. intended start date
  4. your finance and funding plans
  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.

You can use the table at the top of the page to find out what you'll need. 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 log in 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 conditions of your 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 the Graduate School to withdraw your application.

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.
 
Name of intended supervisor   
An outline of your proposed research  
If you are applying to a specific funding call, the title of the PhD project you are applying for  
An up-to-date CV  
An indication of your funding plans  
If you wish to be considered for university funding, a statement of support will be required. This should outline:
  • your achievements and motivation
  • why you believe you should be awarded funding.
 

When to apply

There are four start dates throughout the year, in October, January, April and July, but it is best if you start in October with the majority of students.

If you are applying to study an integrated research programme including taught elements the start date is October.

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

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