How to apply for PhD programmes

To be considered for a PhD position, you need to apply directly to Lancaster University through our online platform (i.e. there is no national system equivalent to UCAS).

Please apply online via the following link. You will be able to track the progress of your application after submission and you will be contacted for further details or when a decision has been made.

Applicants are expected to upload the following documents with their application:

  • degree transcripts for Masters and undergraduate study
  • two references (at least one of which should be an academic reference)
  • a research proposal, which will help us to identify appropriate supervisor(s) for your area of research. For guidance on this document, see how to prepare a research proposal.

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to hold a relevant Masters degree in a relevant discipline, including coverage of appropriate research methodologies. We usually require a very good performance at Masters degree level (i.e. typically averaging above 65% overall and 65% in the dissertation element for UK Masters, although some PhD programmes may apply different thresholds -- please visit individual websites).

If instead you hold a good honours degree (typically an Upper Second Class Honours, or 3.0 on a four-point scale or B/B+ on a literal scale), you may be required to complete an MSc or an MRes as a preparation for the PhD.

Unless indicated otherwise by a particular department, our English language entry requirements are 7.0 for IELTS.