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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Applying for a research degree

Applying for a research degree

Applying for a research degree

All applicants must apply via the University of Brighton admissions portal.

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Applications must be accompanied by a full CV which can be uploaded during the application process. It should include the following details:

  • Degrees taken, together with all modules and grades
  • Details of the research projects undertaken, together with the title of the research project, the project supervisor and a brief outline of the project
  • A list of any prizes and awards, including summer studentships or research placements

Personal statement

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1 page of A4 and include the following:

  • An explanation of your interest in the particular project you wish to study
  • An indication of your experience in the research area and the techniques you have already required or wish to develop
  • An explanation of your motivation for wishing to undertake doctoral studies and an outline of your career aspirations


Referees can upload references directly to the admissions portal; please follow instructions during the application process.


Applications for advertised projects

If you are applying for a specific project that has been advertised, there is no need to write a research proposal. Simply give the details provided in the advertisement in the Research Proposal section of the online application form.

Applications for self-motivated projects

If you wish to conduct research on a project that has not been advertised, it is important that you first identify a potential supervisor within Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Details of potential supervisors and their academic interests can be found on their individual researcher profiles. Once you have identified a supervisor it may be worth contacting them directly to discuss your proposed project before submitting application. Please note that funding is not automatically available for self-motivated projects.


Contact us

If you have an academic-related query, please contact Professor Sandra Sacre (

For general enquiries about BSMS research degree opportunities, please contact our Research Degrees Administrator

T: +44 (0) 1273 877533
F: +44 (0) 1273 877884