How to apply

How to apply for PG researchApplications may be submitted at any point during the year. You can apply to study for an MPhil or PhD at Southampton Solent University in a wide range of research areas. To apply you will be required to submit the following:
  • A completed and signed application form
  • Two suitable references
  • A brief research proposal (approximately 1000 words)  
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Qualification transcripts/certificates (scanned copies are suitable, but if accepted you will be required to present the originals at registration)
  • Photograph ID page of your passport
  • Employer guarantee form or confirmation of funding letter if you are sponsored.

Research Proposal:

Your research proposal will need to include the following:

  • The subject you wish to research
  • Why it is of interest to you
  • How you propose to carry out your research
  • How your proposed project relates to other work in the field
  • How you think your project might contribute to further understanding of your subject.

References: You will need to send your two referees the postgraduate research reference form, for them to complete and return to Academic Services in a signed and sealed envelope.

Evidence of English language proficiency: Any student for whom English is not a first language will have either achieved an overall International English Language Testing Score (IELTS) score of 6.5, with minimum sub-score of 6.0 in writing, or an overall TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based), or have studied a first degree or higher degree in English. These requirements are different from the ones you must achieve for visa purposes.

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Applications should be made by using the following documents:

Please email these completed documents as well as any other appropriate supporting evidence (see above) to or print them out and send to:

Postgraduate Research Administrator
Graduate Studies
Research and Innovation Office (A223)
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN

Prospective applicants are invited to make contact with the relevant Research and Innovation Hub PGR coordinator to discuss their proposed application in more detail.

Business and Society Research and Innovation Hub
Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Professor David Watkins / 023 8201 3608

Creative and Digital Industries Research and Innovation Hub
Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Robin Jones / 023 8201 3915

Maritime, Technology and Environment Research and Innovation Hub
Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Anthony Gallagher / 023 8201 3748

Sport, Health and Wellbeing Research and Innovation Hub
Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Richard Elliott / 023 8201 3337

What happens next?

Once all your documents are received in the Research and Innovation Office, they will be forwarded to the appropriate Scrutiny Panel who will assess your application based on the following:

  • The proposed area of study is capable of leading to scholarly research and to its presentation for assessment at a viva examination
  • There is the appropriate expert supervision and capacity currently available within the University
  • The suitability of your qualifications and/or experience
  • There are appropriate resources in place at the University

You can expect to hear the outcome of your application normally within eight weeks from submitting your application.

For further information on submitting an application, please contact the postgraduate administrator.

Entry requirements

Research requires considerable commitment, perseverance and creativity. It presents a challenge both intellectually and organisationally, and you will need to work independently. Entry requirements to study for a postgraduate research degree are as follows:

  • MPhil/PhD: First or Second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • PhD Direct: Master’s degree or transfer from successful MPhil.

Language requirements

Any student for whom English is not a first language should, before being offered a place, have achieved an overall IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 with minimum sub-scores of 6.0 in in all component sections (writing, reading, listening and speaking) or an overall TOEFL score of 560 (paper-based), 220 (computer-based) or 94-95 (internet-based - IBT) with a minimum score of 22 in each of the four component sections (writing, reading, listening and speaking). Students who have studied a first degree or higher degree and answered their examinations in English will be exempt.

How to applyTuition fees

Your annual tuition fees are linked to your mode of study (full or part-time) and residential status. The University reviews and sets tuition fees annually. Each student is responsible for the payment of their fees. If your fees are paid by a sponsor you will need to submit written proof of this annually. The table below sets out the research degree tuition fees for the 2016/17 academic year.

Annual fees for 2016/17 academic year are:

Annual fees
  UK and EU students Overseas students 
Full-time: £4,120 £11,330
Part-time: £2,060 N/A

For further information on how to go about paying your fees, early payment discount, alumni discount and payment forms please see the fees section of the University website

For information about funding your postgraduate studies, please visit our postgraduate funding page.

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