What happens after you have applied?

After you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will assess it to ensure that it is complete and that you have provided all the required documents and information.

They will then forward it to the relevant College Research Committee Chair who will consider your application from an academic perspective. This includes assessing your research proposal and ensuring that the University can offer appropriate supervision and facilities for your proposed research project. 


All students who are considered for a place on a research degree programme will be interviewed. If you are invited for interview, you will be contacted directly by the College to arrange this. Please be aware that, once an application is sent to academic colleagues, it can take up to 12 weeks for a decision to be made.

Developing your research proposal

If your interview is successful, you will develop your initial research proposal and agree with your supervisory team on the approach you will take to achieve your PhD.

You will provide a document which details the research proposal and forms the final evidence basis for the College to accept your application. You will then begin your journey to completing your PhD.

Accepting your offer

The Admissions Team will contact you directly if you are offered a place on a research degree programme. If your application is not successful, you will receive an email from the Admissions Team informing you of the College’s decision and the reasons why.

Before you start at Derby

Whether you are enrolling on campus or online, you will be sent information about enrolling at the University prior to your start date. You will need to email the Research Student Office at pgrstudentoffice@derby.ac.uk to confirm your enrolment at the specified intake.

You will need to pay any fees before your enrolment can be confirmed.

If you are being sponsored, you must provide proof of sponsorship before you can enrol.