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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Politics and International Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Distinction).

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

The general requirement is for a first-class undergraduate degree from a UK university or equivalent, or GPA of at least 3.85 or equivalent from a non-UK university; and a master's degree in a relevant subject, with a mark equivalent to a distinction, or a GPA of at least 3.85 or equivalent from a non-UK University. For research proposals that require knowledge of specific methodological or language skills, applicants must demonstrate the necessary competence or provide a realistic plan of how they will acquire the relevant skills. 

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

We strongly encourage you to include information about your ranking within your academic year from both your undergraduate and masters degree. We anticipate that successful applicants will be in the top 20% of their academic years, although we recognise that in programmes with highly competitive entry standards, this condition may be relaxed. 

University Minimum Academic Requirements

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 110

Visa Information

No ATAS required

What Is An ATAS?

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Politics and International Studies

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

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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