How to apply online

Applications are made by using the online application system - the right information and and advice to make a successful application.

All applications are made online and applicants are advised to discuss their application prior to submission with relevant staff in order to develop an appropriate research proposal.


Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study.

We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master’s Degree with Distinction.

In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.

A completed application includes an application form plus mandatory supplemental items, which you will be prompted for as soon as you submit the application form.

Advertisements for funded opportunities will include details of the closing date and any shortlisting criteria. Applicants should note that the closing date is strictly enforced and is the deadline by which you should have submitted both the application and any required supplemental items.

Apply online

  • Applications are made by using the online application system
  • You will receive an automated receipt email once your application has been submitted along with details of required supplemental items.

Apply online

Submit your application and upload supplemental items:

The following are mandatory items:

  1. A research proposal. A fully defined research proposal is a requirement for all subject areas except for those applying to Geography and Environmental Studies or to Medicine (applicants to projects within these fields should upload a copy of the project description).

    Proposals are typically around 2,000 words and should include seven main sections:

    • Title of the topic
    • Background to the project including your research question(s), rationale and context, aims and objectives.
    • Overview of key literatures/theories relevant to the topic.
    • Proposed methodology including discussion of the research design, including the methodology to be adopted and the rationale for adopting it.
    • Ethical considerations related to the research.
    • Timeline of activities over three years (full-time) or six years (part-time)
    • Indicative Bibliography
  2. Your CV. Use an existing CV or re-use one of many CV templates available and include details of any publications you have as well as any work experience related to the project area.
  3. Your degree(s) certificate and transcripts to date. This is an official record from your University of modules and courses undertaken to date or as part of your qualification.  (Terminology - UG = undergraduate and PG = postgraduate).  These are mandatory items and you will be required to provide English translations if appropriate.  If you have an award pending, simply upload the transcripts to date.  If you do not hold a postgraduate qualification, the administration team will waive this requirement when your application is due to be assessed.
  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency. This provides evidence 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 Student Visa you should provide evidence in the form of a UK Home Office approved Secure English Language Test

    If you have an English test booked, please upload these details.

  5. Your Personal Statement. Please tell us why you wish to study at Ulster University on this particular programme. For students requiring a Student Visa, this statement will be used to prove your 'Intent to Study' to the UK Home Office. Use this guidance to help you understand what your personal statement should contain.

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What happens once you apply

Once you've submitted your application, it will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • the applicant's academic history including experience and qualifications
  • the suitability of the proposed project
  • the ability of the faculty to provide adequate resources and supervision in the specific area

On the basis of this assessment, you may be invited for interview where you will be assessed based on your relevant experience and other competencies. Here's an example of the assessment form we used in our interviews.

If you are invited to interview, we will request the details of two academic referees via the Applicant Portal.  You should manage this process to ensure that references are provided to the University before the interview date.

You will receive notification of the outcome of your application via the Applicant Portal.  If you are successful, you can accept or decline the offer via the Portal.

If you are unhappy with the outcome you can undertake an appeal.