I’m having difficulty attaching documents to my application. How do I fix this?

Please use a second computer to complete your application.

Do I need to contact a supervisor directly before making an application?

No, there is no need to contact a supervisor in advance of making an application.

Can I make a second application to d-real?

No, you are only permitted to apply to the programme once. In your application you can choose your top three project preferences. That means your application will be assessed by three projects, in turn.

Can I make changes to my application after I have submitted it?

Yes you can. Login to the system and make the changes. Those changes will be saved and supervisors reviewing it will see the new version.

What is a rolling deadline?

This means that recruitment will continue until all positions are filled. When positions have been filled they will be faded out on the list of topics and you will no longer be able to apply for it. For this reason, we recommend applying for the programme as soon as you can.

When do projects start?

Students will take up their roles in September/October 2022. In exceptional circumstances we will permit later starts.

Can I track my application as it is assessed in the system?

Unfortunately the software programme will not allow you to see which topic preference your application sits under. You will only know if you are invited for interview or if you are emailed by the Programme Manager, Stephen Carroll.

How will I know if my project is not selected?

If a supervisor deems you suitable for their role they will invite you to an interview. The interview will be with the supervisor and at least one other panel member. Interviews will have at least one female and one male member on the panel.

If you not selected for any of your top three preferences then you will receive an email from the Programme Manager, Stephen Carroll.

Do I need to have a suitable English language certificate to be selected for the programme?

The d-real programme does not assess English language requirements at application stage. You will, however, need to provide an English language certificate to the university in which you register. So if you are successful you will need to fulfill the requirements of your home institution (the university in which the primary supervisor is employed). Also, a supervisor may choose to only interview candidates who have already completed an English language test.

I have not heard back about my application, how do I know the status of my application?

If you have not received an email from the Programme Manager, Stephen Carroll, that means that your application is still live in the system. Your application is first sent to the supervisor of your first preference topic, who assesses it. If you are deemed suitable then they will invite you to interview. If not, then your application will be sent to the supervisor of your second preference topic. As above, if you are deemed suitable then they will invite you to interview. If you are not selected for interview for your third preference topic then you will be emailed to let you know that your application was not successful.

Will I receive feedback about my application?

Only those who are interviewed will be able to request feedback. Interviewed candidates can request feedback from the interview panel if they are not successful. Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we cannot provide feedback for other unsuccessful applications.