About

We offer high-quality doctoral training to postgraduate students who wish to pursue an MRes, MPhil or PhD. As a research student, you will work under a supervisor who will assist you in your research and thesis design. Principal supervisors will normally be members of the school but secondary supervisors may be drawn from other schools in the faculty, from staff in the School of Politics and International Relations in the UK or the Division of International Studies in Ningbo, China.

Faculties, Schools & Departments

School of Politics, History and International Relations

Areas of research

  • Development
  • Europe and the wider world
  • International governance
  • International relations theory
  • Political and social theory
  • Security and conflict resolution
  • Southeast Asia: politics, society and international relations
  • The Malay world
  • The politics of the Middle East
  • Transnationalism

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are at the discretion of the School but would normally be a relevant second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience/prior learning. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
  • TOEFL (iBT): 100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)
  • PTE (Academic): 67 (with no less than 55 in each element)
  • MUET: Band 5

Intake Months

February, April, July and September

*Only applicants with strong academic records and a proven aptitude for research will be considered. Applicants may be invited to take the MRes first, particularly if they have no graduate qualifications in politics or a related discipline. If you are interested in applying, we would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our research areas and staff expertise and then contact us to discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. Please then visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.

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