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For the second year in a row we have been rated as one of the top 10 places to carry out postgraduate research according to the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). PRES is the UK's only higher education survey that gains insight into postgraduate students' learning and supervision experience. 

Out of 103 university institutions in the survey we were ranked ninth for both 'Overall Satisfaction' and 'Supervision' with ratings of 86% and 90% respectively. Our part-time students rated us even higher, out of 85 university institutions we were ranked third for 'Overall Satisfaction' and first for 'Research Culture'.

If you are interested in postgraduate research and want to join our thriving research community follow the steps below to make you application.

How to apply for postgraduate research at Chester

  1. Choose a research area that suits you
    • Think carefully about the research project you would like to undertake. If you need help generating an idea, read up on the University's main areas of research activity at: Contact details for the departments are also available via this page if you have any questions.
  2. Draft a research proposal
    • Put together an outline of the proposal you have in mind. Initially, this can be around 100 - 250 words, but a more detailed proposal may be required on application. You can learn more about the topics of interest of our researchers at
  3. Contact your chosen department
    • To establish whether the appropriate supervisory expertise and capacity is available for your specific project, it is very important that you make informal contact with your chosen department before completing your application. Get in touch with a supervisor at:
  4. Look into funding
    • Funding can be a challenge for research students, so start to look and get in touch with the relevant funding sources as early as possible.
  5. Apply online
    • Before applying, have the details of two appropriate referees (preferably including one academic referee) and the following documents to hand: certificate/transcript copies, a full curriculum vitae, a broad outline of your proposed project, and a copy of your English language proficiency certificate (if required). Please note we have three potential start dates: October, February and May.
    • Apply for your research project via our online application system:

Following your application you will be invited to an interview, and we will contact you about our decision within four weeks, although international applications may take longer. If you have any questions about this process please contact our Postgraduate Research Admissions team by email at

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