- How do I apply?
- Is there a deadline for applying?
Applicants wishing to be considered for departmental funding opportunities must submit their complete application by early January.
Self-funding candidates must apply by early June. (Candidates may be considered after the deadline as long as 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 application field.
Individual academic staff research interests may be viewed on the Political Science Doctoral page in the first instance.
- Will there be an interview?
Applicants will be required to attend an interview prior to an offer being made for 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 or Skype.
- What are the Entry Requirements?
Applicants must have an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university (or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard) and a Merit at Master's level, with a minimum mark of 65% in the Master's dissertation.
Please note that students wishing to be considered for funding will need to have a First at undergraduate level and a Distinction at postgraduate level.
- What are the English Language Requirements?
Please take a look at UCL's English language requirements.
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 subject to Programme Director approval.
- Are there any funding opportunities for PhD students?
- 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 to finish in the allocated five years, plus CRS).