Entry requirements & eligibility

Do I have to have a master’s to apply?

No, a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area is all that you need. However, the more relevant experience you have, the stronger your application will be.

Can I apply without A level maths?

Studying maths units at university-level could be considered as an alternative to A level maths. You need to be able to demonstrate that you have the skills to cope with our mathematical units.

My bachelor’s is less than 2:1. Am I eligible to apply?

You can still apply with a lower grade if you have a master’s degree or extensive relevant experience. Your application should demonstrate that you are capable of studying at PhD level.

Are international students eligible for the fully-funded studentships?

Due to UKRI rules, funding for international students is limited. The fully-funded PhD studentships (fees and stipend) are based on residency; aimed at students who have lived in the UK for at least 3 years.

Applications will be considered on a case by case basis. It is possible for EU and international students to receive fully-funded studentships, but as a much smaller percentage of the funding is available to these countries, the chances of success are much lower.


My bachelor’s degree is in an unrelated subject. Can I still apply?

We accept applications from a wide range of backgrounds. You need to be able to demonstrate, through your experience, that you are capable of succeeding in an area related to ART-AI. This could be through your bachelor’s degree, a master’s or other relevant experience.

How long should my research proposal be?

We recommend 4-6 pages but it can be fewer. Read our guide on how to write a research proposal.

Can I choose more than one project?

We recommend choosing one project as doing a PhD involves researching one area in detail. As your research progresses you will most likely find that predefined projects change slightly and move more in the direction you are interested in.

If you’re unsure which project to apply for, please contact us and we would be happy to talk to you about the options. You’re also welcome to propose your own project in an area relevant to ART-AI.

Can I apply if I don’t have a specific project in mind?

Yes, but your application is likely to be weaker without this. If you’re unsure about a specific project, we would recommend looking at our list of potential supervisors to find things that align with your research interests, to strengthen your application.

At this stage, you do not necessarily need to commit to a specific project but we do need to know about your research interests and how you would go about doing it.

Are there any industry related projects available or do we need to propose the exact topic of research?

We have a number of partners with specific interests. Some partners will have a specific project in mind and others will be more flexible. During the first year, you’ll have the opportunity to talk to partners, staff and other students about your research interests and develop potential collaborations.

How much weight do you place on relevant work experience?

It’s helpful but it’s not a requirement. It may strengthen your application if you have experience in a particular area and can show how you will use that experience to aid your PhD study.

Do I have to start this September or can I apply for later years?

You can start in later years but it may take slightly longer to process your application as we will prioritise applications received for next September.

What is the acceptance rate for this programme?

This depends on how many applications we receive and the quality of applications. We will review all applications after the deadline and invite a selected number of applicants to an interview via Skype or in person.

If I’m accepted, can I defer my place?

We may consider this. You will be entered into the application process for the year which you wish to enter, so may need to interview you again.

The programme

Is it possible to do the programme part-time?

It may be possible, but as the programme is cohort-based and involves working in interdisciplinary teams, there would need to be a good reason to do so. You would need to put forward a proposal for part-time study including your reasons for wanting to do so, which we will consider as part of your application.

I’ve already completed an MRes in a related subject. Do I still need to do this part of the programme?

Yes, the MRes year is an essential integrated part of the PhD. It will build your core knowledge and skills across the different disciplines in preparation for a PhD in accountable, responsible and transparent AI.

Will the thesis need to be a monogram or a series of published research articles?

The University of Bath accepts both routes. The monogram is the traditional route or you can present a series of publications with a chapter that ties them together. A decision will then be made between you and your supervisors.

Can I work full-time while studying for a PhD?

We recommend against this as a PhD is an intensive full-time programme.


Who funds the studentships?

Our fully-funded studentships are funded by UK Research and Innovation.

Are there alternative sources of funding available?

See all of our funding opportunities for postgraduate research programmes.

Living and studying at Bath

Is it possible to commute to Bath for the programme?

This is entirely up to you. The programme is full-time with structured units and lectures that you will need to attend in person. Your timetable will vary depending on your background and area of specialism so you will need to factor this into your decision about commuting.

Can you offer any advice on living in Bath?

Visit our postgraduate research webpages for information on studying with us.

What support is available at the University?

The University offers support to all students who need it, including help with writing and academic work, mental health, disability support, money management and international student advice.

Find out more about the support available from our Skills Centre and Student Services.

Will Brexit affect this programme?

Read the latest information, advice and guidance about the implications of Brexit for staff and students.