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Start dates

Information about when you can start a research degree.

Start dates

The Graduate School operates three intake dates per academic year:

  • 1 October
  • 1 January
  • 1 April

We can accept applications at any time for one of the above dates in the current or next academic year, but entry will be dependent upon the completion of our full admissions process. 

International applicants

If you are an international applicant who will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, you should also consider the visa application time when considering which intake date to apply for.

Similarly, if your research area falls under any of those monitored by the Home Office’s Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), you should note that this application process can take up to six weeks and you will need ATAS approval prior to applying for a UK visa.

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