4.2 Step 2: Formal application procedures
Application procedures vary from university to university but there are usually a number of communications involved, including with a faculty or school. When you have found a potential supervisor, you can probably apply formally to the university but there will be shortlisting and interview processes. Unfortunately, the support of a potential supervisor is not a guarantee that your application will be successful.
In addition to academic considerations (for instance, about the number of psychology PhD students who can be supported), at the university level there will be official requirements to be met, for example, in relation to your place of residence and permission to study in the UK. Your previous qualifications will also be checked. .
Most universities offer several alternative forms of registrations, part-time or full-time, self-funded or funded through a studentship or external body.
It is important to note that the application process described so far is usually separate to any application for funding. That will require a separate step.