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PhD Politics
Examine the political landscape focusing on a research specialism of your choice.

PhD Politics / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2018

How to apply

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Non UK/EU applicants are strongly advised to submit their application by July to ensure sufficient time for applying for a Visa.

Politics applicants SHOULD provide the names of two supervisors on their application form .  Please record the name of the first preferred supervisor under Proposed Research Supervisor and the name of the second supervisor should be entered in the Details tab under the Research Title section.

Information on staff interests and research areas can be found here .

Research proposals must adhere to the requirements as detailed here .  The maximum word limit (including references and bibliography) is 1500 words.

FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE - for those who wish to be considered for funding, either from the School or the ESRC/NWSSDTP, you MUST have submitted a complete on-line programme application form by Friday 2 February AT THE VERY LATEST (please do not leave it until the deadline to apply - if your application is complete please submit it as soon as you can).   If you wish to be considered for ESRC/NWSSDTP funding, the deadline to complete the separate application form is 5 February 2018.   Click here to download the form and see the guidance notes.  NWSSDTP applications must be emailed to

We  strongly encourage  students who seek funding to submit an on-line programme application, including an initial proposal, 2 academic references, degree transcripts and CV), as soon as possible so that we can identify the strongest applications and offer support in revising and strengthening these before final shortlisting takes place.

Advice to applicants

For students who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK please refer to our specialist advice pages.

Interview requirements

As part of the offer making process applicants will be required to undertake an interview assessment.  This may be in the form of a face-to-face interview, Skype or telephone. 


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.