How to apply for PhD programmes

There is no national system for applying for PhD study in the way that UCAS operates at undergraduate level. To apply for PhD study, you therefore need to apply directly to Lancaster University.

In order to be considered for a place on one of our PhD programmes you should apply online. When you apply online, you can track the progress of your application after submission.

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) and a research proposal.

Research proposal

You should also normally provide a research proposal to help us to identify appropriate supervisor(s) for your area of research. For guidance on this, see how to prepare a research proposal.

Entry requirements

‌The PhD entry requirements are normally those of a Masters degree in a relevant discipline area, including coverage of appropriate research methodologies. 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) then you may be required to complete 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.

At present only PhD programmes in Accounting and Finance require GMAT.