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Graduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £65 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Your application must include a detailed research proposal. It should be no more than 2,500 words (including footnotes and titles, but not including a bibliography). It should outline the subject of the intended research and thesis. It can indicate the methodology to be adopted and the sources to be used, and give a sense of how it is intended to make a contribution to existing knowledge. It should include a working title.

Applications without a research proposal cannot be considered. Please disregard the option given in the application form of replacing the research proposal with a personal statement.

Your ranking within the year for your undergraduate and masters courses should be included with your transcript. If this is not available as a separate document, it can be included by referees. Your main references are to be provided by the nominated persons themselves; you may not upload these references directly. You may also include a CV, sample of recent work, and further references.

Selection Process

The large majority of applications are reviewed in January, after the deadline for applications that involve funding. Most applicants will receive information about the outcome of their application by the end of February. Those who apply for the Gates (US) funding will be considered in October. Shortlisted applicants are often invited to participate in an interview, usually with a prospective supervisor, and we may be in touch individually via your nominated email address if we seek an interview.

Note: Please be aware that places on the PhD in Politics and International Studies are limited and that the course may fill up before the published deadline. POLIS welcomes and encourages early applications where possible. This is in your best interests, as places are limited.
 
For further information on how to apply visit the course page on the course website.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Research proposal
    The research proposal should be a concise outline of the subject of the thesis, with a working title, and include an indication of the methodology to be adopted and the sources to be used. It should be no more 2,500 words, so be selective, consider the focus of your research, and explain the main outline of your thinking. A bibliography at this stage can and should only be limited, but we want to see reference to the relevant literature of which you are already aware, and some sense of that which you expect to be able to consult.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

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Key Information


3 years full-time

5 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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