How to Apply for Research Study

How to apply for Research Study

The university offers the following research degrees

  • Master of Philosophy by Research (MPhil)
  • Master of Research (MRes)
  • Doctor of Philosophy by Research (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy by Published Works
  • Professional Doctorates

For details of staff members areas of interest, expertise and publications, visit the research areas page or the pages for the relevant Academic School

We advise prospective students to contact the relevant School or Faculty in their subject area for an informal discussion about their research proposal before submitting a formal application. This would determine whether there is a staff member who would be available and have the capacity to supervise your research.

Complete the application form below or contact the admissions@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Research Application

All application forms must be accompanied by the relevant documents, including references, certified passport and certified qualification certificates, to ensure that it can be processed in time for the requested registration date. There may be a delay in the application process if not all the documents have been included.

There are 3 intakes each year for research applicants and you application should be made to the Postgraduate Research Office prior to the relevant closing date. We advise all applicants to contact the School or Faculty prior to making an application to discuss their research proposal and ensure that there is relevant academic expertise for your subject area.

Start date: 01 October 01 February

01 June

Apply before: 01 August 01 November 01 April

The DBA programme is currently offered on the London campus as a full time programme. This is a popular programme with limited places and so your application should be made as early as possible to the Postgraduate Research Office if you wish to apply for a particular start date.

How to Apply

  1.   Discuss you application and project ideas with the Faculty of Business and Management
  2.   Complete the AP4 application form (above)
  3.   Send your application form and all relevant documents to the Postgraduate Research Office

The tables below outlines the latest times by which your application for the degree and CAS should be submitted for consideration on to the relevant start date.

February 2017 Intake

Programme Start Date End Date Registration
Masters 13/02/2017 12/04/2018 13-17 Feb 2017
Bachelors 13/02/2017 14/02/2020 13-17 Feb 2017
DBA 01/02/2017 31/01/2020 1 Feb 2017

 

  Masters & Bachelors DBA
  Outside the UK Within the UK Outside the UK Within the UK

Last day of accepting applications

06/01/2017 13/01/2017 03/01/2017 03/01/2017

Last day of issuing CAS 

20/01/2017 27/01/2017 10/01/2017 17/01/2017


 June 2017 Intake

Programme Start Date End Date Registration
Masters 12/06/2017 11/08/2018 12 - 16 June 2017
Bachelors 12/06/2017 11/06/2020 12 - 16 June 2017
DBA 01/06/2017 31/05/2020 1 June 2017

 

  Masters & Bachelors DBA
  Outside the UK Within the UK Outside the UK Within the UK

Last day of accepting applications

08/05/2017 15/05/2017 27/04/2017 04/05/2017

Last day of issuing CAS 

22/05/2017 29/05/2017 11/05/2017 18/05/2017


 October 2017 Intake

Programme Start Date End Date Registration
Masters 09/10/2017 08/12/2018 9 - 13 October 2017
Bachelors 09/10/2017 18/10/2020 9 - 13 October 2017
DBA 01/10/2017 31/09/2020 2 October 2017

 

  Masters & Bachelors DBA
  Outside the UK Within the UK Outside the UK Within the UK

Last day of accepting applications

04/09/2017 11/09/2017 28/08/2017 04/09/2017

Last day of issuing CAS 

18/09/2017 25/09/2017 11/09/2017 18/09/2017


The DBA is a 3 year, full time, level 8 degree scheme which consists of 1 year of taught modules and 2 years of research. Attendance to the London campus for the modules and supervisory meetings are essential. Applicants must only be in part time employment for this degree scheme and show evidence of 3 years managerial work experience.

For further information on the DBA programme, please contact the Programme Coordinator, Dr Jill Venus at j.venus@tsd.ac.uk or the Postgraduate Research Office. To make an application, please email londonadmissions@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

You are able to look at the Government website which will tell you the visa processing times for your country:

https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times

  • Select country

  • Select Points Based System

  • Select PBS Tier 4

If you are an International student applying to live in the UK during your candidature please contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss your application.

If English is not your first language, the university will require evidence that you have the required English to complete a research degree and your application will not be processed until this has been received. You will need to provide either an IELTS certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in both reading and writing), or to show evidence that you have completed a Master's degree taught in English.

An application made to the University by an International applicant will need to meet both the academic requirements of the University and the UKVI Tier 4 full time student visa requirements. Applicants will only be considered if they fulfil both the academic and immigration criteria.

Academic Criteria

  1. An applicant must have a Master's degree or an upper second class honours degree in a qualification relevant to the doctoral programme
  2. An applicant who is applying for the Professional Doctorates must have the appropriate work experience (for example, for the DBA this would be a minimum of 3 years managerial experience relevant to the area of research).
  3. If an applicant is applying for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), the current employment should be relevant to the area of research.
  4. An applicant who is currently on a HE programme must have received the award before an offer can be made for a research programme.

Immigration Criteria (for applications made from within the UK)

  1. An applicant's current visa must not expire within one month either prior to or after the start date of the programme.
  2. An applicant who is reaching the end of their current PSW visa will not be considered for admission.
  3. An applicant who has a complicated immigration history within the UK will not be considered.
  4. An applicant who has recently enrolled, or been enrolled, with a college or university that has had its Tier 4 licence suspended or revoked will not be considered for admission.

The Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) integrates part-time doctoral level study with continuing professional practice. It is a part-time programme for those in employment, and is an ideal way of studying at doctoral level whilst maintaining professional commitments. The programme is open to practitioners who have at least five years’ experience of a significant professional role, and who possess an upper second class degree, and ideally a master’s degree or equivalent in addition.

Programme Components

Part 1 (duration approx. 2 years, part-time):

This is the taught part of the programme, and is delivered via residential workshops (typically 3 four-day workshops per annum, held at the Lampeter campus), supported by blended learning.

Part 1 comprises two compulsory 30 credit Level 7 modules:

  • 'Approaches to Research and Academic Communication'
  • 'Review of Professional Learning'

Further optional modules allow for a more detailed study of qualitative and quantitative aspects of research methodology, along with further aspects of professional learning. However, candidates with extensive research methods training may apply for advanced standing, and this could shorten the overall period of study, and reduce costs.

Part 2 (duration approx. 4 years, part-time):

The is the key, research-focused part of the programme, and academic support is based on monthly supervisory contact, either in person, or by phone or online communication methods.

This comprises two compulsory Level 8 modules:

  • 'Advanced Practitioner Research Proposal' (30 credits)
  • 'Work-based research project' (330 credits; 60,000 words)

To date, each new DProf group has commenced the programme in February/ March, and residential workshops are generally held in early March, early June, mid-October.

The next intake point will be early March, 2017, and the closing date for applications for this intake is 30.11.16.

Fees

Fees for the degree will depend on number of Advanced Standing credits that can be accepted. The fees will be discussed with applicants individually.

How to Apply

  1.   Discuss you application and project ideas with the Wales Institute of Work-Based Learning
  2.   Complete an application form (available at : Postgraduate Research Application Form
  3.   Send your application form and all relevant documents to the Admissions Office (email: admissions@uwtsd.ac.uk )

If you are an International student applying to live in the UK during your candidature please contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss your application.

If English or Welsh is not your first language, the university will require evidence that you have the required English or Welsh to complete a research degree and your application will not be processed until this has been received. You will need to provide either an IELTS certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in both reading and writing), or to show evidence that you have completed a Master's degree taught in the medium of English or Welsh.

Contact us

For further information relating to the programme please contact the Programme Director at the Wales Institute for Work Based Learning:

Dr Christine Davies; email: Christine.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk

Telephone +44 (0)1267 225148

The details above are available as a PDF file to download:

Doctorate in Professional Practice.