How to apply
The University is responsible for making formal offers of admission to postgraduate research students. These are based on recommendations made by academics in the Department. The admission process usually takes between four and six weeks.
Applications made direct to the University are passed to the Department for comment and all proposals are evaluated by subject specialists. In order to ensure that supervision is available and that your proposal falls into an area of established expertise, you are strongly advised to contact the Director of Postgraduate Research before making an application. Contact details are listed at the bottom of this page.
If you are interested in inter-disciplinary research and you think you might like to work with supervisors located in different departments in the School, we are happy to pursue contacts with colleagues in Geography or Social Science on your behalf. To avoid confusion in the applications process and facilitate cross-School co-ordination, please let us know if you have established contact with other departments and/or prospective supervisors who are not based in Politics, History and International Relations.
Colleagues are usually happy to provide feedback on draft proposals by arrangement, but owing to the volume of applications the Department receives, research staff cannot give advice on applications made in connection with studentship awards.
We welcome applications from international students. Applicants must have a good Bachelors degree (2.1 or 1st class classification or equivalent). A masters qualification is not required but recommended. Please check carefully the University’s English language entry qualifications before applying if you are not a native-English speaker.
Your proposal will be assessed by subject specialists, but non-specialists are also involved in the admissions process and decisions made about studentship awards are likely to be taken by academics from different disciplinary backgrounds. In all cases, you should ensure that the aims, structure and methods of the proposed research are comprehensible to a broad academic audience. If your research involves or is likely to be of benefit to external partners, (for example, government bodies (local, regional and national), media organisations, lobby groups, NGOs, grass roots or community organisations, museums or cultural associations) you should highlight this in your application.
Proposals are likely to take different forms, but you will be expected to situate your research within relevant scholarly literatures and to provide a full bibliography. Your proposal should also include: