Applying for a Research degree

Applying online

You will find all our taught research degree course (Master of Research) listed on our course information pages. To apply for the course, look for the “Apply for this course” button which appears top right on each course page. The course page will list the entry requirements, study modes and available start dates. Select your course and preferred start date and begin your application.

Supporting documents

As part of your application you will need to submit to us:

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts
  • Two letters of reference (one of which must be academic) and both signed, dated and written on letter headed paper or sent to us from a professional email account, yahoo, Hotmail etc. will not be accepted; and
  • Your research proposal (MRes only)

If your documents are in any language other than English then they will need to be accompanied by a formal certified translation into English, by either the awarding institution or a sworn translator.

Students whose first language is not English are required to provide us with proof of their English language ability. More information on how to do this and what certificates are acceptable can be found on our English language requirements page.

If you have not yet graduated and don’t have your degree certificate, this can be sent to us at a later date.


Many of our postgraduate courses do not have a deadline and we accept applications up until the start of the course. However please note that where a deadline has been set this will be detailed on the individual course page.

Application form

On the application form pay close attention to the spelling of your email address as this is how we will contact you about your application in future.

As part of your application on the portal, you will need to write a personal statement specific to the course that you are applying. This is your chance to sell yourself through highlighting your experience, suitability and motivators for wanting to join this course at .

You will have the chance to upload supporting documents as part of your application. This is an important part of the admissions process and without seeing supporting documents tutors will not have enough information to make a decision on your application.

There is also the opportunity to save your application should you wish to complete it at a later date.

Once complete you can submit your application to us. You will receive a applicant ID number which you should keep a note of and quote in any correspondence to .

Admissions Enquiries

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Admissions Enquiries

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught - Application Enquiries 0131 474 0000