Doctoral applications

We are here to help you through the admission process. The information below gives an overview of things to consider before you apply and of the application process itself, but we are always happy to give extra guidance to applicants, so please contact the Admission Office if you have any queries.

If you are an international student, please also read the guidance on the visas and immigration page within the international section of this website.

Admission office

020 7631 0190

Before you apply

Before you apply for doctoral study it is best to check that there is an appropriately qualified supervisor in your area of study. You can check our the areas of expertise of our research supervisors on our people page, within the research section of this website. You can find more information about the research areas at Amity by checking Research centres, institutes and networks.

Related policies from the University of Bolton

A full list of our policies related to admissions for our Research programme. This includes appropriate policies from our partner institution the University of Bolton.


An overview of what will be expected from you as a Research student at Amity and what you can expect from Amity can be found in the Postgraduate Research Student Charter.


You can apply for our PhD programme by completing the Postgraduate Research Student Application form and related documents. It is a quick and easy process. Please choose the appropriate application pack below:

Application pack for EU citizens: application form and PhD proposal form.

Application pack for non-EU citizens: application form, PhD proposal form, UK Visa history form and Tier 4 Immigration Checks form.

Completing your application

The application form asks for personal information, education history, employment history, references and, where appropriate, proof of English language ability. Students must also complete the Research Proposal form giving a summary of their proposal which will be reviewed for feasibility by an academic staff specializing in the area of research. For help to complete the Research Proposal from please examine the guidelines for completing a Research Proposal document.

International students also need to complete the UK Visa History which gives an overview of their time in the UK and Tier 4 Questionnaire which examines students’ motivation for and knowledge of the programme.

Supporting documents

You will need to provide certain documents to support your application, for example evidence of your previous qualifications and a personal statement. Admission staff will give you a list of the supporting documents you need to submit.

Submitting your application

Once you have completed all the forms in the Application pack please send them to Admission staff at

Your application will then be reviewed by admission staff who, if necessary, will request any additional supporting documents.

After you have applied

Once all necessary admission documents have been collected the decision on the application is divided into three stages:

  1. Admission staff

    Admission staff will assess whether your application fulfills the academic entry requirements for the programme and, where appropriate, the UK Visas and Immigration requirements. If these requirements are met admission staff will organise an interview with International applicants to assess your English Language ability.

  2. Academic staff

    Academic staff in the Research Unit will assess your Research Proposal and academic background to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for the programme. If approved an Academic Interview will be scheduled with a Research Supervisor to discuss your research proposal, the research programme at Amity and answer any questions which you have about the institution and the programme.

  3. University of Bolton

    The final stage of approval is the submission of the application to our partner institution the University of Bolton. If Bolton approve the application you will be sent an offer letter from admission staff at Amity.

A decision on applications is usually made within three weeks of receiving all the necessary documents from applicants.

For an overview of the application process for research students please view the Research Degree Admissions Flowchart.

When a decision has been made

Once a decision is made you will be notified by admission staff by e-mail.

If you have been approved, you will be sent an offer letter which will include the start date of the programme, any conditions which need to be fulfilled and the amount payable for tuition fees. You will be requested to return a section of the letter to confirm that you want to accept the offer.

If you have not been offered a study place at Amity the email will contain the reason that your application has not been accepted.

Offer types

If we decide to make you an offer, it will either be conditional or unconditional.

A conditional offer means that a requirement must be met before you can start the course, for example a certain English Language score or a minimum grade in your current studies. If we make you a conditional offer the conditions will be stated in the letter. Once you complete the conditions you should send Admission staff documents as proof. When you have completed all the conditions of the offer we will send you a new, unconditional offer.

An unconditional offer means that there are no further requirements which you need to meet. You just need to let us know whether or not you wish to accept or decline our offer of a study place.

Tuition fees for international students

If you are an International applicant, once you have accepted the unconditional offer we will ask you to pay 50% of your tuition fees before a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letter is issued.

Induction and registration

If you have accepted an unconditional offer for the programme you will be sent a pre-arrival guide about six weeks before the start of your course. It contains information about student life at Amity, living in London and your induction.