UK/EU and International Applicants

What qualifications do I need?

The normal minimum entrance qualification for PhD registration is one of the following: ·        

  • An upper second class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject relevant to the project ·        
  • A masters degree in a subject relevant to the project ·        
  • A registered qualification in medicine or veterinary studies ·        
  • A professional qualification obtained by written examination and approved by the University of London as an appropriate entrance qualification.  

What if English is not my first language?

You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing.

If English is not your first language you must take an IELTS-Academic test (from the British Council). You need to achieve an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test. The test result must have been obtained within 2 years of the start-date of the course. For further information see English Language Proficiency .

How do I apply?

You will need to submit an application via UKPASS.  Our advertised PhD projects are listed under 'PhD opportunities at the RVC' on UKPASS. We may have more than one project advertised when you apply. A list of advertised projects appears towards the end of the application form and you will need to select the project that you are applying for. If you are applying for a self funded project you should select the option “A PhD project is being developed with an RVC supervisor and you are in touch with them”

If the project you wish to apply for does not appear or is not self-funded please contact the Graduate School before submitting an application.

There are a number of documents which you will need to upload to your application form. Before you begin filling in the form you should have the following information to hand: ·        

  • Your CV ·        
  • A personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the project you are applying for ·        
  • An electronic copy of your degree certificate(s) ·        
  • A transcript of your degree(s) - this must be a certified translation if the original was not issued in English ·        
  • 2 confidential references. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees and arrange for references to be provided. These should be on letter headed paper, contain the signature of the referee and should be scanned and uploaded with your UKPASS application these can also be submitted separately to Further guidance on reference and for referees.

The UKPASS webpage has a page with tips about making your application which you may find useful. If you cannot find the answer there then you should ring UKPASS direct:

  •  Calling from the UK                           0371 3344447
  • Calling from from outside the UK       +44 3303330235

The UKPASS office hours are: Monday to Friday 08:30-18:00 (UK time) and you should have your ID number ready.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to meet the same requirements, and follow the same steps, listed above. In addition if you are funding yourself or are in receipt of a scholarship or grant from your government or other funding body we will also need to see proof from your sponsor (or yourself) showing that you can meet the tuition fees and bench fee costs for your PhD project.

What happens after the application deadline

PhD applications are checked for eligibility by the Graduate School and eligible candidates are then short-listed by project supervisors.  All short-listed PhD applicants will be invited to an interview at either the Camden or Hawkshead, which they must attend (in some circumstances, interviews can be conducted via skype).  Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by a panel of two senior academics from the RVC.  The panel may be joined by the project supervisors, or a separate interview arranged with the supervisory team.

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