Postgraduate Research

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We have a wide variety of postrgraduate research options for students. Below you will find all of the information you need to apply.

Before you apply

At Strathclyde we have a wide variety of postgraduate courses on offer. Our innovative postgraduate courses are held in high regard by employers, and also provide an excellent platform for research.  We offer postgraduate degree programmes across four faculties, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Strathclyde Business School.  For a full list of our research courses see the postgraduate research course list.

Entry Requirements
UK students will need a good Honours degree qualification from a British university, or another equivalent qualification, furthers detail can be found in our Postgraduate Prospectus.

For further information about International Entry Requirements and English Language Requirements visit the Recruitment and International Office page.  Your qualifications to date, pending qualifications and proficiency in English will be taken into account. Some courses also ask for work experience or other qualifications - you can find out more information by searching in the course list.

Making an application

Application for postgraduate study by research is an online web-based process. To make an application, go to

You will be required to create and verify a Research User Profile and will then be provided with a username and password and instructions on how to complete your application. As part of the application process, you will be required to enter personal information (including details of previous study and employment) and upload supporting documentation (e.g. copies of previous qualifications and references). You should also choose the Department in which you wish to undertake research and supply a brief research proposal.


Application dates

There is no formal closing date for research applications as you can commence study at any time during the year.


Receiving and accepting offers

Once your application is received the Academic Selector takes into consideration all of the information you have supplied including your qualifications to date and any which are pending. He/she also looks at your research proposal and references and may contact you should he/she require additional information and/or materials.

If you are being made an offer, the Academic Selector will assign 2 supervisors and specify any conditions. He/she will then release the offer and you will receive an email instructing you to log in and view the offer online. You should click the button to accept or decline your offer. If you accept, you will have to fulfil any conditions specified by the Academic Selector before your place is secured. This may include a requirement to upload additional documentation. When you have accepted your offer, you will be sent a letter which includes all the details of your study and any conditions of offer.

In addition to having to fulfil the academic and English Language requirements a condition of your offer will be the payment of a non-refundable tuition fee deposit. We will also require you upload a good quality copy of your passport.




Tuition fees

In order to determine your fee status we will use the information supplied by you in your application to determine whether you should be classed as “Home” or “Overseas” for fee purposes. If we are unable to determine your fee status from the information in your application, we will send you a Fee Assessment Form which you should complete and return to us as soon as possible. You will be classed as “Overseas” until we receive your completed Fee Assessment Form and are able to re-assess your status. For further information, see the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) webpages.

Your tuition fee will be quoted on your offer.  Tuition fees are updated on an annual basis and details can be found here.

As part of your application you are required to tell us how you intend to fund your study. If you have secured sponsorship, you should upload a letter from your sponsor which confirms the amount they will pay. Self-funded students will be required to pay full tuition fees at (or in advance of) the time of registration or set up a formal instalment plan, the first instalment being due at the time of registration. For full information on instalment plans, please see the Finance Office website.

Tuition fees are normally payable at (or in advance of) the time of registration. Advance payment of fees can aid the progress of registration. For all payment options and methods of payment (including online) please see the Finance Office website.



Information on funding opportunities that may be available can be found at Scholarships - University of Strathclyde.

You may also wish to contact:
the Department in which you intend to study
-  Family Action
the Student Financial Support  

International students may also wish to contact the Recruitment and International Office (RIO) with scholarship enquires.


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