MPhil/PhD Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research.

Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Research (PGR) Admissions will be able to advise you.  

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each band or equivalent.

Information about English language tests will normally be available from your British Council office. International applicants whose most recent qualification has been taken in English may be exempt from our usual English Language requirements.

The University of Chester offers supplementary English Language classes, free of charge, to those students who might need them.

A completed application, two references (in most cases the references shall come from independent academic referees, i.e. they are not normally provided by a prospective supervisor), an up-to-date CV and copies of appropriate certificates or transcripts must be uploaded to the application in order to be considered. 

Applicants who do not fulfil the normal entry criteria may be required to provide additional information and documentation in support of their application.

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