Abertay University PHD

Abertay University PHD

PhD/MPhil/MbyR application process

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) at undergraduate level in an appropriate discipline but in most cases, especially for overseas applicants, a Master’s degree is preferred.  In some cases appropriate professional or experiential learning may be considered in combination with a lower classification of Honours degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English or where the First or Masters Degree was not taught in English, are required to hold a suitable English language certificate.

Applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa are required to provide one of the following English language certificates:

  • West African at B(4)
  • NECO at B(4)
  • IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0*

In addition, applicants who do not need a Tier 4 visa or are EEA Nationals, are permitted to use one of the following:

  • TOEFL 80 with no band less than 18*
  • Pearson’s PTE 61 with no band less than 56*

*The University can only accept these qualifications if they were completed 2 years prior to the start of the programme.


Application process

A full application should be completed electronically and contain the following:

  • Application Form –
  • Two (2) academic reference reports – Research Degrees Reference
  • Your Research Proposal
  • Copies of your Degree Certificate(s)
  • English Language Qualifications (if required)
  • A copy of the photographic page of your passport

Completed applications should be emailed to admissions@abertay.ac.uk


What to include in your Research Proposal (Section 5 of the RDC application form)

This is your opportunity to state your research objectives, to grab the reader’s attention and highlight your suitability for research degree study.  You have a short time to convince a potential supervisor that you have a suitable project topic, that it is feasible and it is worth doing.