PhD Application and Requirements

Application and Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

PhD programme

You should have obtained an equivalent of a merit or above in a Master’s degree in a related science, social science or engineering field. Relevant research and/or industry experiences may be considered for those with exceptional strengths.

MRes Informatics programme

You should have obtained an upper second-class honours degree, in a related science, social science or engineering field. Please refer to the MSc page for further information.

English requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are expected to have obtained IELTS 7.0 (with no element below 6.0), TOEFL 570 (or 230 computer-based) or have passed a TEEP (University of Reading) test with the score of 6.5 (with no element less than 6.0). For all other equivalent score requirements in our accepted English Language tests, please visit the admissions website. If your previous degree was taught in English, we may consider waiving the English language requirement.

For all other equivalent score requirements in our accepted English Language tests, please visit the admissions website.

The Application Process

The application process normally consists of three main steps:

  • Formal application
    • Before applying formally you may want to contact a potential supervisor who is working in your area and could be interested in your topic;
    • Please avoid contacting multiple faculty members simultaneously. We do talk to each other and this is not seen as a professional practice.
    • If you wish to contact a faculty member before your formal application, you should
  • Shortlisting based on the documents you uploaded in your application
  • Formal interview to assess your suitability to pursue a PhD at Henley Business School

The deadline to be considered for a scholarship varies between departments. Please check departmental PhD webpages from the link here.

The key requirements for a successful application are:

  • Top grades in your Masters degree (minimum requirement is Merit or equivalent, but we prefer Distinction)
  • Top grade in your Masters Dissertation (or equivalent research-based piece of work) because this may show your research attitude and skills
  • Very well developed research proposal. This is a document of at least 6/7 pages where you
    • identify the motivation of your study,
    • place it within relevant literature highlighting the current gap and potential research questions
    • state your intended methodology
    • show understanding of the data (if any) necessary to accomplish your study and relevant sources. This aspect will also reveal the feasibility of your study.
  • A reasonable intended timeline reflecting issues you may encounter in the study as presented above (for example, if you have to collect primary data, the time spent on data collection will be much longer than the one you would spend if you intend to use secondary data sources)