Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Open Days

POLIS runs postgraduate Open Days each year so you can meet staff, learn about scholarship opportunities and have a tour of the campus.

For more information, contact our Postgraduate Office.

Entry requirements

If you wish to apply for a research degree programme, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. You will also normally have already completed a Master's degree.

Language Requirements

Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written. Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

The School has a minimum requirement:

  • TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 92, with minimum scores of 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.
  • A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.
  • PTE Academic score of at least 64 with not less than 60 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Applicants who have recently been educated at degree level in a country where English is the first language, for a minimum of two years continuous full-time study (within the last two years), will be regarded as having fulfilled the University’s English language requirements.

A  one year Masters programme, studied in a majority English Language speaking country, is not sufficient (unless you have a Secure English Language Test such as IELTS or TOEFL which meets the School’s minimum English Language requirements and is less than two years old at your start date).

The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University's Language Centre can provide more details on your English requirements. 

The Language Centre also provides the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional course which is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a research degree programme.  Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via email.

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