What to do before you apply for a PhD

Check our entry requirements

For our PhD programmes, we normally expect you to have a First or Upper-Second (2:1) honours degree and preferably a masters degree from a UK university or qualifications that we consider to be equivalent.

International students may also need to meet our English language requirements. Find out more about our entry requirements for international students.

Choose your research project

If you decide to design and fund your own research project, you will need to write a proposal which will form part of your PhD application.

We have provided advice on how to write your own research proposal. As part of this advice, we recommend finding a PhD supervisor and checking with individual Colleges on any specific requirements for their subject areas before writing your proposal. You may also wish to review any self-funded PhD opportunities being promoted by the College. 

Check fees and funding

Annual fees for our PhD courses range from £2,250 for part-time UK students up to £13,500 for new international students. More details are available on our postgraduate research tuition fees page.

We offer a number of different funding options for our research students. We also have information for students who have a disability or medical condition.

Apply to Derby

Once you are happy with any feedback from a PhD supervisor or College Research Committee on your proposal, you may apply online for a research degree. The online application page details all of the documents that you must provide as part of your application.

As part of your application, we may ask you to complete a Tuition Fee Assessment form to help us determine your fee status. If this is required, we will contact you directly.

You may also be interested in our University admissions policies.

Deadline for applications

Academic Year 2021/22

Academic Year 2022/23 - Period of enrolment

If you are applying for funding or scholarships, check the deadlines for your application and enrolment. In some cases, you may need to have an offer from us before you can apply for funding and you will need to have your funding approved before you can enrol.

Please note that studentships may have a different application deadline and this will be specified in the advert.