Referees’ reports (references) are a critical part of your application for a PhD or professional doctorate. They must be submitted before the deadline.

You need to request references through the online application system from two referees who can evaluate your academic ability and research potential.

Your referees’ reports are a critical part of your doctoral application and must be received before we can consider your application. You should request references at least two weeks before the deadline for your chosen round.

Things to consider

  • Your referees must complete and submit their reports themselves. We will check that the reports have been sent from verifiable institutional email addresses.
  • Your application will not be considered if your referees do not complete their reports before the application deadline.
  • Try to make sure that at least one (but preferably both) of your referees have previously supervised research students who have successfully completed their degrees.
  • Only one of your referees can be a potential supervisor at this University. They must have direct experience of supervising your research, for example, during your Honours or Master’s by thesis degree.