Documents required for applications

Documents required for applications

You’ll need to prepare the following documentation to support your application to ARIES:

(1) Scanned copies of your official degree transcript(s) and certificate(s). If the originals are not in English, you will need to provide official translations. If you have not yet graduated, you should be able to obtain an interim transcript showing the results from your degree to date (if you are only one semester into your course – for example an MSc – then this is not needed).

(2) A personal statement giving your reasons for applying for your chosen PhD project. You may wish to give details about your academic/professional background, your future career plans, etc. You should also include details of the qualifications, skills and experience that you feel make you a good candidate for this specific PhD project. You might also include details of any specific training you think you might need to successfully complete the project, and to become a successful researcher.

We suggest you also include a CV with your application. This might include, for example, any professional experience, publications, conferences attended, professional qualifications, etc.

(3) You will need to provide the details of at least two people who can provide a reference in support of your application. At least one of these must be able to provide an academic reference. You should approach your referees in advance with details of the project(s) you are applying for, and inform them of the deadline for applications.

(4) If English is not your first language, and you hold an English qualification such as IELTS, then please provide a copy of the certificate with your application.

In all cases, you should refer to the guidance given by the university of registration when writing your application.