How to apply

Please apply using the Online system

The programme is now full for entry in October 2019, and we are unable to accept applications to join this cohort.

Start date:  The next start date is 1st October, 2020.

Maximum Cohort Number: 30

Initial Closing date for applications: 28th February, 2020 

Please note that any applications received prior this date will be held for consideration during March/April 2020.

(Applications received after the end of February will be considered on a first-come-first served basis until the Programme is full).

Personal statement

As this is a PhD by coursework and thesis we do not require a research proposal at this stage. Please include a clear, detailed personal statement about why you wish to join the programme, why you are suitable for it, your research interests and what you hope to achieve from it. Please outline whether you have experience of online programmes, and why you think you are well suited to studying online.
You should think very carefully about this statement and treat it as an opportunity to show what your interests are and how you will be able to benefit from postgraduate study in our department.  As a guide, your personal statement should be approximately 500 words.

Entry Requirements

For admission to this programme applicants should normally have:

  • a good honours degree from a British university or CNAA, and usually a taught Master's degree; or
  • qualifications of a comparable standard from a university or recognised degree awarding body in another country.

Preference will be given to applicants who have degrees in cognate areas (normally social science).


Language proficiency

Applicants will need to have an acceptable fluency in written and spoken English.

For students whose first language is not English, an English Language Test Certificate will be required, that is, IELTS Academic with an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 for reading and writing.

Further information can be found at: English Language Requirements.

To Apply

Please apply using the Online system. As this is a PhD by coursework and thesis we do not require a research proposal at this stage, but you should explain why you wish to join the programme and how you hope to benefit from it.

Alternatively, application forms can be obtained from:

Postgraduate Admissions
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510880
Fax: +44 (0)1524 510857