Welcome to the University of Cumbria Graduate school.

About the PhD Programme

The University is committed to providing excellence in academic practice together with a supportive and stimulating environment in which to conduct your studies.

This is characterised by:

  • Excellent supervision by a supervisory team
  • A dedicated Graduate School
  • Access to research networks
  • Possibilities for supervised involvement in teaching
  • Relevant training in research methodologies and skills
  • Access to appropriate facilities to support research

Research degrees at the University of Cumbria are validated by Lancaster University.

Registration and Length of Programme

PhD: 3-4 years full-time or 4-7 years part-time

We have three registration points in the year:  1 January, 1 April and 1 October.

We strongly recommend that applicants make their applications as early as possible (and at least three months before their preferred start date).


Information of PhD programme fees are available here:

Home and EU tuition fees

Overseas students tuition fees

Entry requirements

Academic Qualifications

A 1st or 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline from a recognised university in the UK or comparable university overseas. A Master's degree may be desirable in some subject areas. If you have non-standard entry qualifications or wish for previous study to be considered, please contact the Graduate School.

Applications are assessed on:

Language Requirements

Where English is a second language, a recognised English language qualification is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each part) or equivalent.

How to apply

Application is direct to the University of Cumbria.

Download an application form 

To apply to the University, you must submit an application form and a research proposal. Our Graduate School can help advise you with your proposal, finding your supervisors and funding your studies.

The research proposal is an important part of an application for PhD and we recommend you read our guide to writing a research proposal

Applications should be submitted via email to Research Student Admissions: rsa@cumbria.ac.uk

International Applicants

Information for overseas applicants can be found on our international pages.

You can also find visa & immigration information on the UK government website.