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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Politics and International Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your 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 £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  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.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis (as they are received), throughout the application window.  The funding deadlines for some sources of funding may be well before the application deadline, so be aware of the separate deadlines if you wish to be considered.

During peak periods, applicants should expect a longer wait for the outcome of their application.

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 (M)

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.


How to Find a Supervisor

Applicants will be asked in their research proposal to nominate 1-3 possible supervisors from within the Department that they believe to be a good fit for their research question. The full list of academic staff and their research interests can be found here.

Applicants are asked not to contact potential supervisors themselves - supervisors will be allocated by the Department once an applicant has met their offer conditions.  Applicants are not guaranteed their first choice of supervisor, and individual supervisors may be unavailable during a given year due to research leave or lack of capacity.

Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

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Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 7, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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