Application and Admission

Where there are a number of academic staff and doctoral researchers working together around common themes the University has approved Research Centres and Research Groups,.  The University particularly welcomes PhD enquiries from potential applicants whose research may complement that of the Centres and Groups

If you are considering applying to Bath Spa University to undertake either an MPhil or a PhD it is suggested that, in the first instance, you contact the appropriate School/Subject Representative (See Below) before making a formal application. 

For potential creative writing students please use this link: Creative Writing Information

Please note that there are three enrolment dates in any one year : 1st February, 1st May and 1st October.   It is recommended that application forms be submitted at least 6-8 weeks before your intended enrolment date.  We accept electronic and hard copies. 

Please note that due to the numbers of applications being received only a minority of proposals are judged sufficiently strong to proceed to interview.  A comparative judgement is made in which a number of factors are taken into account, including our estimate of the quality of the proposal and writing sample, and the ability of the School to provide a suitable supervisory team.  Please note that it is University policy not to enter into subsequent debate about a decision once it has been made.

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally as a minimum hold a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK HEI, or its equivalent.  Applicants who do not have a relevant Master's degree should note that they will normally be required to undertake formal research training as part of their studies.

Students register as an Advanced Postgraduate in the first instance.  Application for formal registration with BSU for either the degree of PhD or MPhil takes place within six months, subject to a detailed and satisfactory proposal.

If English is not your first language or you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you do not have a degree from a majority English speaking country, please provide evidence of your English Language ability with a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.  In some cases an IELTS score of 6.0 may be accepted at the application stage but if the application was successful and a place to study was offered, we would expect the applicant to have reached (and provide evidence of) an IELTS score of 6.5 by the Research Plan stage (within 3 months of the start date).

Fees and funding information can be found here, which includes information about funding opportunities.

Registration Period

 Maximum TimeMinimum Time
MPhil - Full-Time36 months18 months
MPhil - Part-Time48 months30 months
PhD - Full-Time60 months24 months
PhD - Part-Time84 months36 months


School/Subject Representatives

Contact NameTitleTelephoneE-Mail
Dr Alison LeeHigher Degrees Tutor for School of Society, Enterprise and Environment01225
Prof Amanda BayleyHigher Degrees Tutor for School of Music and Performing Arts01225
Mr Robin MarrinerSenior Lecturer for Bath School of Art and Design01225
Dr Kate ReynoldsDean for School of Education01225
Dr Tracy BrainHigher Degrees Tutor for School of Humanities and Cultural Industries Subject Level MPhil/PhD Coordinator for Creative Writing01225
Dr Richard StampSubject Level MPhil/PhD Coordinator for English01225
Prof James NewmanSubject Leader for Film, Media and Creative Computing01225
Alison HemsSubject Leader for Humanities 01225
 Graduate School Administrator01225 876368 /