Selection Process

Applications will be considered by selection panels consisting of (as appropriate) the Director of the Faculty Graduate School, School/Institute Postgraduate Research Tutors, prospective academic supervisors and other senior members of academic staff.

Shortlisted candidates applying for competitive externally funded awards/scholarships (e.g. Research Council awards or University, Faculty or School/Institute scholarships) will normally be requested to attend an interview with a panel of prospective supervisors or Postgraduate Research Tutors with an independent Chairperson.

Academic performance, judged from degree classification, transcripts of marks and grades, in a relevant subject area, together with awards, prizes, publications, etc, will be the overriding basis for selection of a successful candidate to be given a formal offer of a place for research degree study. There may be some discussion of a candidate's proficiency with the English language and performance on relevant English Language qualifications.

Personal statements, project outlines, referees' statements, evidence of previous research experience and performance at interview (if applicable) will also be taken into account when scoring applications. The above evidence will be used to form an opinion as to whether applicants have the skills, knowledge, originality, motivation and other attributes that will enable them to become a successful postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

The availability of appropriate qualified academic supervisors, sufficient facilities and funding to carry out the research project and the fit of the research with the Faculty or Institute's strategic research objectives will also be fundamental to the decisions.

In making decisions on successful applications, selection panels will treat all applicants fairly and not discriminate unlawfully on grounds of marital status, gender, race (including colour, nationality, national origin or ethnic origin), health or disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, political views or other opinion. The judgement about an individual candidate's academic suitability will be kept separate from any consideration of the applicant's disability or health related support requirement as outlined above.

Once an application has been rejected the applicant's file will be closed. Applicants who require further information as to the reasons for rejection should contact the Faculty Graduate School Office. Feedback will normally be in the form of a brief summary from the Chair of the selection or interview panel.

The files of unsuccessful applicants will be retained for 1 year from the date of rejection, and can be reopened if appropriate: e.g. if the candidates obtain funding or identify supervisors. If applicants want to re-open their file after 1 year, they will be asked to re-apply as the information held will be out of date.

The Faculty Graduate School will not consider further applications from prospective research degree candidates whose applications have been rejected on two previous occasions.