How To Apply

If you are considering applying to Bath Spa University for Postgraduate Research study (PhD or MPhil) you should first contact the appropriate School or Subject representative (listed below) before submitting a formal application to the Graduate College. An academic member of staff will be able to discuss your proposed project and potential supervision arrangements.

If you are interested in a PhD in Creative Writing please follow this link: where you will find full details of this programme and how to apply.

We have three intakes a year for postgraduate research, on 1 October 1 February, and 1 May.

You should submit your application form at least 6-8 weeks before your intended start date.

You will need to complete and submit the formal application form, which can be downloaded from the link below. CVs are not accepted.

Along with the application form, you must provide copies of your degree certificates and transcripts of your results. You may also be asked for a sample of your academic or creative work. International applicants should provide a copy of their passport and any visa already held.

You will need to arrange for two academic references to be provided. Referees must be able to comment on your academic ability and suitability for your proposed research project. Please download the reference request form and send it to each of your referees; the form is to be used as a guideline to show areas we would expect to be included within a reference. Please ask your referees to send their references either to you, for you to send on with your application documents, or direct to us at

Please return all application forms and accompanying application materials by email to:

Tel: 01225 876368.

A number of factors are taken into account when considering applications, including our academic estimate of the quality of the research proposal together with any sample of work requested, as well as the capacity of the relevant School to provide a suitable supervisory team for this project. 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 hold, as a minimum, a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or its equivalent. Applicants who do not have a relevant Master's degree will normally be required to undertake formal research training as part of their studies.

For full details of English language requirements, please follow this link:

Registration Period

Postgraduate Research students are expected to submit their thesis, complete the examination stage and be awarded within the following timescales.

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

Academic Contacts

Bath School of Art and Design

Higher Degrees Tutor

Mr Robin Marriner (Tel: 01225 875594,

Institute for Education

Higher Degrees Tutor

Dr Mary Stakelum (Tel: 01225 876144,

Subject Level Tutors

College of Liberal Arts/ Writing and Performance

Higher Degrees Tutor 

WRITING Dr Tracy Brain (Tel: 01225 875432,

PERFORMANCE Dr Amanda Bayley (Tel: 01225 876172,

Subject Level Tutors

College of Liberal Arts/ Culture and Environment

Higher Degrees Tutor

Alison Lee (Tel: 01225 875726,

Subject Level Tutors

College of Liberal Arts/ Bath Business School

Higher Degrees Tutor

Dr Stephen Lee (Tel: 01225 876209,

College of Liberal Arts/ Digital Academy

Higher Degrees Tutor

Ben Ramsay (Tel: 01225 01225875493,