Please note: only complete applications with all the following documentation provided will be considered by the University.
To apply you will be required to complete the online application* and submit:
- a CV,
- a personal statement clearly detailing your experience and why you are suitable for this opportunity. Your personal statement should be no more than 1,000 words.
(If you are applying for an advertised PhD opportunity, please outline how you fulfil the essential and desirable criteria listed in the advert.)
- a research proposal of c.2,000-4,000 words.†
(If you are applying for an advertised PhD opportunity you may not be required to submit the research proposal, please check the information on making an application listed in the advert.)
- Two suitable references (normally at least one should be an academic reference).
- Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable). **
- Qualification transcripts / certificates (scanned copies can be submitted, but if your application is successful you will be required to present the originals at registration).
- Photograph ID page of your passport.
- A confirmation of funding letter, or guarantee form from your funder / employer (if your studies will be sponsored).
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* You will find the online application process for your award and mode of study and preferred month of entry in the Make an application section above
** If your first language is not English, you will have an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with minimum sub-scores of 6.0 in all component sections, or an overall TOEFL IBT score of 94-95, with a minimum score of 22 in each of the four component sections. If you have previously successfully studied for a first degree or master's degree that was taught and assessed in English you may be exempt from the above.
† The research proposal should be 2,000-4,000 words and include the following:
- Your project title and key research questions.
- An overview of the context into which your research will fit, including:
- The aims and objectives of your proposed research,
- An overview of current literature that supports your proposed project,
- How it adds to, develops (or challenges) previous work by researchers in the field,
- Why the research is important to the subject area, and
- How you think the research will make an original contribution to knowledge.
- An outline of how the research will be achieved within the normal duration of a PhD.
- Consideration you have given to research methods, what research method(s) you propose to use, and your rationale for why these are appropriate to the project.
- Any consideration or discussion you have had with any prospective supervisors at Solent for the project.
- Consideration of the sources, resources and / or facilities required to successfully complete the research. If the project will require access to external organisations or specialist facilities, the proposal should include details of how you intend to secure access to these for the required duration.
- An indicative bibliography demonstrating your critical grasp of current literature in the field and how you plan to contribute to it.