How to Apply for a Research Degree
1 Check the entry requirements
The normal minimum entry requirement for a place on the Research Degree at Falmouth University is an upper second class honours (2:1) degree of a British university or recognised institution of higher education, or an equivalent qualification from an institution outside of the UK.
However, a Master's degree in an appropriate subject is considered to be a particularly valuable preparation for the academic and intellectual demands of an MPhil or PhD. In some instances, applicants without the minimum academic requirement as outlined above may be considered for a place on the Research Degree if they can demonstrate appropriate alternative qualifications, relevant professional experience, or previous research.
If English is not your first language, you will normally need to demonstrate that you are suitably proficient in English before we can enrol you on the Research Degree. You can do this by providing evidence of one of the following:
- A recent Falmouth-approved English Language Test (ELT) score which meets the University's requirements for the Research Degree: either an IELTS minimum overall test result score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and with no other component score lower than 6.0, or an equivalent test score.
- Recent completion of an MA level course of study (Distinction only) in a majority English-speaking country.
By 'recent' we mean that your English Language Test score or MA level qualification needs to have been awarded no more than two years prior to the date that you would first enrol in the Research Degree at Falmouth. We cannot normally accept evidence that is older than this.
You may submit an application for a place on the Research Degree before you have obtained your IELTS or equivalent test score, or before you have received your MA certificate, but if you are offered a place then you would need to provide evidence of having satisfied this condition before we can enrol you.
Each applicant is assessed on an individual basis and if you are offered a place on the Research Degree, then depending on your level of English language proficiency as demonstrated through your application form and interview, we will inform you whether we would require a new IELTS result before you can begin your PhD studies.
Please be aware that we can no longer accept TOEFL test results for this purpose.
2 Find a programme
Research at Falmouth is organised in three strategic research themes, with eleven research programmes that reflect and explore the three broader themes. All Research Degree proposals should align to one or more of our ten research programmes:
- Creative Industries Futures
- Dark Economies
- Design for Mental Health
- Digital Creativity
- Digital Entrepreneurship and Financial Innovation
- Inequality & Storytelling
- Innovation in Rural Environments
- Multigenerational Living & Learning
- Technology-Enabled Health & Care
3 Submit an expression of interest
Please note, if you are hoping to apply for 2019 entry, the latest deadline for Expressions of Interest to be submitted is 29 March. This is to enable us to provide you with a response on your EoI in time for a full application to be submitted, if applicable.
Falmouth's expression of interest is a pre-application process where candidates who are interested in pursuing a research degree at Falmouth can introduce their ideas for a research proposal. The completed expression of interest form is reviewed by the Research Degrees Committee, where it is assessed for appropriate alignment to the research themes and programmes, potential supervision availability, potential resource needs, and funding requirements. The outcome of the expression of interest is communicated to the candidate following the meeting. If it is a positive outcome, then the committee will also nominate an appropriate academic member of staff as a point of contact to provide feedback on the proposal.
An expression of interest can be submitted at any point during the academic year, however, where candidates are hoping to start their studies in the September of the year they are submitting an expression of interest, we wouldn't advise submitting one any later than March. Expressions of interest submitted any later than March cannot be guaranteed to receive feedback ahead of that year's full application deadline.
The expression of interest process isn't compulsory, and candidates can choose to submit a full application without completing an expression of interest first.
Download the form from the link below and send your completed expression of interest form to firstname.lastname@example.org
4 Speak to your potential Director of Studies
Following a successful expression of interest, an appropriate academic member of staff, who could be a potential Director of Studies (DoS), will be assigned to you as a point of contact. You'll then have the opportunity to arrange a telephone call, Skype, or meeting in person to discuss your proposal. This point of contact will be able to offer you one meeting at this stage.
5 Search for funding
Funding opportunities will have their own specific application deadlines and processes so please ensure you check these when applying.
Explore current opportunities on the Research Opportunities page.
Read our Research degree proposal and application guidance 2019-20, which can be downloaded from the link below. Complete the relevant online application form using the MPhil/PhD Research (full time) link below if you plan to study full time, orMPhil/PhD Research (part time) if you plan to study part time. The guidance notes take you through the online form step by step, as well as providing the schematic for writing your research proposal.
If you have any questions about the application process please contact the Research & Development team on email@example.com or 01326 255831.
|Research degree proposal and application guidance 2019-20 (226.34 KB)|
|Academic Reference Form (44.29 KB)|
The application deadline for 2019 entry is 30 May 2019 (by 17:00 GMT). Interviews will take place on the 24 and 25 June 2019, on the Penryn Campus.
Once you have submitted your application this will be reviewed by the Research Degrees Committee in June, and you will be contacted regarding the outcome. If you are shortlisted for an interview these will take place on the 24 and 25 June. Interviews take place at Falmouth University's Penryn Campus and you will be advised of the timing and the panel members in your invitation to interview. Candidates are required to deliver a short presentation at the beginning of their interview and the details of what is required in this presentation will be given in the invitation to interview.