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How do I apply?

Please consult the doctoral pages on this website in the first instance

You may apply online using the following link.

Is there a deadline for applying?

Applicants wishing to be considered for funding opportunities provided either by the Department or UCL, must submit complete applications no later than 16th January 2012 for entry in September of that year. Applicants who do not wish to be considered for funding must submit a complete application no later than 1st June for a 1st October start.

Candidates may be considered after the deadline as long as the appropriate supervision is still available.

Are there any alternative start dates?

There is the possibility of a January start, but only in very exceptional circumstances.  Applicants will be expected to be self funding.

Should I identify a potential Supervisor before applying?

Yes. Students satisfying the minimum academic requirements need to decide whether the department can offer adequate supervision for their desired research project.

Students are required to put down the names of one or two proposed supervisors. Applications will be considered incomplete if no supervisors are identified in the relevant text box on the application form.

Individual academic staff research interests may be viewed on our Doctoral webpage –

Will there be an interview?

Applicants will be required to attend an interview prior to an offer of a place being made on the MPhil/PhD programme. The interview does not require applicants to prepare any additional documents but rather is an opportunity to discuss the proposed research in further detail. For applicants residing outside London interviews may be arranged by phone/Skype.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Applicants must have a UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with a First or 65% or more or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute plus at least 65% or more in their masters dissertations.

What are the English Language Requirements?

UCL's full English language requirements can be viewed here:

The Department of Political Science requires the ‘Advanced’ level in all cases. (IELTS: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtest.)

Please note that tests or pre-sessional courses not listed on the above webpage will not be accepted by UCL.

Can I defer my offer of a place?

Applicants may defer their offer of a place up to a maximum of two years subject to Programme Director approval.

Are there any funding opportunities for PhD students?

Funding opportunities for graduate study within the Department of Political Science are available on our website

Further scholarship opportunities are detailed on the UCL website

Can I study a PhD part time?

You may study your PhD part time if you are a Home or EU student.  Part time students are required to be registered for five years with two additional years for Completing Research Student status (CRS) if needed.  Hours are agreed with the supervisor (enough hours to to finish in the allocated five years, plus CRS).


Doctoral students who are registered at another (usually overseas) institution can visit the School for a period of time to carry out research that will contribute to their degree.

At UCL such visiting students are known as Affiliate students. The guidelines for graduate affiliate students are as follows:

  • An affiliate student is normally one who is registered for a qualification elsewhere but who wishes to study at UCL to complement the work done at his or her home institution. In appropriate cases it may be possible to assign credit for the work done at UCL, but it is not possible to receive a UCL qualification as an Affiliate student.
  • Graduate Affiliate status is expected to appeal mainly to international students. The length of study at UCL varies normally between 3 months and one year. Graduate affiliates may apply independently. Full-time and part-time affiliate study at graduate level, including research, is possible and applicants for graduate level affiliate study must possess an acceptable university degree (or equivalent) and meet UCL's English Language requirement.
  • Tuition fees are the same as for the comparable degree programme. For affiliate research, the pro rata amount depends on the number of weeks of study at UCL. For taught programmes, the amount charged depends on which term, or terms, are spent at UCL. 
  • Applicants for graduate affiliate research admission should first check that the there is a member of academic staff in the relevant academic field who can supervise the research, and are willing to do so (initial enquiries should be sent to*

Students should then apply using the standard Graduate Application form, but should submit their application to the International Office (not the College Admissions Office).

* Affiliate students are regarded as SPP MPhil/PhD students with access to the usual research student facilities (eg PhD seminar, student computer account, library access, PhD room access).

PhD deadlines apply.

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