Applicants will normally have a strong first degree, ideally a first class UK honours degree (or equivalent). Applicants should also hold a UK master's degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to the proposed research, having graduated with a minimum overall grade of 65 per cent, of which they must have achieved at least a score of 70 per cent in the dissertation. Application is very competitive, thus prior qualifications are a preliminary hurdle. The research proposal, and the fit with staff expertise, is the critical criterion for our assessment of an application. Applicants with relevant work/life experience who do not strictly meet the academic entry requirements may also be considered.