Applications are made by using the online application system. When your application is complete (ie all necessary documents have been correctly uploaded) you will receive an automated receipt email. If you do not receive this email your application will not be considered, and you should contact the Doctoral College team for further advice.
Online application instructions
- If you have not applied online before you should select 'First Time User Account Creation' where you will create an ID and PIN.
- When logged
should select 'New' to create a new application, then from the drop down menu at the bottom of the page, select 'Research (All Nationalities)'. in you
- You can then proceed to enter the requested information.
- When selecting the
type you should select the Faculty under which your chosen project lies. programme
- Finally, when you are ready to submit your application, you should select 'Application is Complete' on the Checklist page.
- You will then receive an automated email confirming safe receipt of your application.
Upload the following documents
- Research Proposal
Please upload your full Research Proposal
. If the proposal is not a required element of shortlisting for your chosen subject area, please upload a copy of the project description.
Use an existing CV or re-use one of many CV templates available -include details of any publications you have as well as any work experience related to the project area.
- Copy of degree(s) - or transcripts to date
Upload a copy of your degree certificate for each degree you have undertaken. If you are currently studying towards a degree and your qualification is pending, you must upload your transcripts to date, or a print out from your university records system showing your modules and grades to date.
- Transcript of Degree
Upload copies of your degree transcripts (official record of modules/courses undertaken as part of your qualification) for each degree you have undertaken. Transcripts are required for ranking purposes.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Upload a copy of your evidence proving that you meet the English language requirements of the University. For UK students this will usually be a copy of your GCSE English certificate.
If you require a Tier 4 Visa, please note that you should provide evidence in the form of a UK Home Office approved Secure English Language Test
- Personal Statement
Upload your personal statement, indicating why you wish to study at Ulster University on this particular
. For students requiring a Tier 4 Visa, this statement will be used to prove your 'Intent to Study' to the UK Home Office. Guidance on what your personal statement should contain is available on our website. programme
Problems with uploading documents
- Check your pop-up blocker is off and that cookies are enabled, these may be blocking the website.
- If possible, ask a Technician to enable cookies and assist you in uploading your documents.
- If you are an Ulster University student it is important that you do not use the Student Portal to apply. Instead, log out of the Portal, restart your browser and use www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline
- Check for firewall/block
- If you are using a wireless
sure your signal is strong network please make
- A re-boot of the computer often sorts out the problem.
What happens after you apply
Applications are forwarded to the relevant faculty for consideration and are judged on the following criteria:
- the applicant's academic history including experience and qualifications
thesuitability of the proposed project theability of the faculty to provide adequate resources and supervision in the specific area
On the basis of this assessment, applicants may be invited for interview (sample interview form).
If the faculty wishes to admit the applicant, the Board of the Faculty will be asked to approve the decision and the Doctoral College will issue a letter of offer.
If the faculty does not deem the application to be acceptable, you will be notified of this outcome - please refer to the appeals process for more information.
Registration for full-time funded study is expected to take place at the beginning of the academic year, during the second week of September.
Students in receipt of funding to undertake full-time study must be available to register at this time.
Part-time and self-funded students may find that an alternative date is more suitable and the University has made provision to accommodate new enrollments throughout the year.