How to apply

Applying for a research degree is a time-consuming process. You should make sure that you understand all the work that leads up to the submission of the application form.

There are several key stages in the application process, the final one of which is the application form itself.

The following guidelines have been developed by the Student Admissions and Recruitment Team at the University of Warwick and Monash University.

Please note that Australian students should apply through Monash and UK/EU students should apply to Warwick. If you are an international student outside of these countries you should apply to the University at which you wish to start your course.

If you have an enquiry about the application process, please complete the enquiry form.

Stage 1 Consider whether you satisfy the academic entry requirements

Stage 2 Decide on a topic/specific project

Stage 3 Prepare a research proposal

Stage 4 Make contact with the academic that is most closely aligned with the research topic

Stage 5 Check that you fulfil the English language requirements

Stage 6 Identify and contact two individuals capable and willing to provide an academic reference for you

Stage 7 Complete your application for a place and apply for funding as appropriate

What happens next?

1. Consider whether you satisfy the academic entry requirements

The joint PhD is a challenging program intended for high quality students, who are able to spend at least 12 months at the partner university, so be sure that this form of graduate research degree is right for you. You should be dedicated to your topic of research and prepared for several years of rewarding but challenging study.

2.Decide on a research topic/area

Academic staff at both universities will be happy to discuss your research topic with you. If you're interested in topics in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, you should develop a research proposal in discussion with the relevant academic before you make an application.

3. Prepare a research proposal

A research proposal is a document explaining what you would like to research for your doctorate.

Different academics and different projects will have different requirements as far as a proposal and/or application is concerned, so it is important that you contact the relevant academic to find out what these are before submitting your application, and to ensure that they can help you identify an appropriate supervisor at the other university. A failure to submit a detailed research proposal with an application, if required, can significantly reduce your chances at success.

Even if you're applying to a specific Science project, you should discuss your application with the relevant academic before submitting it.

4. Make contact with the academic in charge of this project (Sciences) or the academic that is most closely aligned with the research topic (Arts and Humanities)

Only applicants that can demonstrate high levels of academic ability will be accepted on to the program. Familiarise yourself with the expected characteristics and academic achievements of students on the joint PhD by checking the FAQs.

5. Check that you fulfil the English language requirements

The Universities of Warwick and Monash require evidence that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed on your chosen course of postgraduate study. We therefore have English Language entry requirements based on some minimum standards. Familiarise yourself with the requirements by checking the FAQs.

6. Identify and contact two individuals capable and willing to provide an academic reference for you

References are essential in helping us to decide whether to make you an offer of a place or not. You'll need to think carefully about who is best placed to act in this capacity for you.

7. Complete your application for a place and apply for funding as appropriate

Make sure that you have carried out all the steps above, and make use of the guidance provided when completing the application form.

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