Online applications are made by using the links in the ‘Apply online’ box here, but please read the following information carefully before applying. Applications for admission can be made for both full-time (4 years) and part-time study (7 years).
The first step in applying to do a research degree is to identify a potential supervisor and project. Full details on this process can be found here: Choosing a project and supervisor. If you cannot find a suitable supervisor and would like to know whether the School of Politics and International Relations would be able to supervise your project, please email the Research Manager
Applicants are expected to hold a good first degree of at least 2:1, or equivalent, and/or a Masters degree of at least Merit, or equivalent (usually 65% and above), in politics and/or international relations, or a cognate discipline. Relevant experience within the field may also be taken into account. If English is not your first language, take note of any English language requirements. The College’s standard requirement for English is IELTS 7.0 (6.5 Writing) or equivalent. More details about language requirements can be found in the international students section.
There are no set deadlines for applying for a research degree, unless you are applying for a funded place. Funded places normally have a deadline of late January. Normally, you start the PhD programme in October as it allows you to take full advantage of our training programmes.
When corresponding with a potential supervisor or project leader, it is essential that you include
More information about the structure of your research proposal can be found in the ‘How to draft a research proposal’ section.
Once you have established contact with and received positive feedback from a suitable supervisor or project leader, they will encourage you to make a formal application. Online applications are made by using the links in the ‘Apply online’ box here.
You application will consist of the following:
Fuller details on the application process are here
Please note that if you are applying for funding from the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP), you will need to complete an additional application form. You will need to liaise with your supervisor about completing the DTP form. This is available to download from the LISS DTP website.
Please note that if you are applying for the Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (QMUL-LTDS), you will need to specifically address the following questions in your research proposal:
You application will be assessed by members of staff in the School led by the School’s Director of Graduate Studies. If your application is successful you will receive an offer of a place from the College’s central Admissions Office. You may be invited for an interview before a decision is returned and an offer made. Applications for funded places will be shortlisted and successful candidates invited for an interview. Please note that it is not uncommon to receive an offer of a place before funding is confirmed. If this happens, please make sure you accept the offer within the timescales given to you by the Admissions Office. If you are unsuccessful in securing funding, you may withdraw your acceptance of the offer, ask to defer until the next academic year, or switch to part-time study. We endeavour to respond to all completed applications within 6-8 weeks.