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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

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Entry Requirements

  • It is a requirement for applicants to hold at least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or a minimum GPA of 3.7 from a US university or the equivalent. (Please click here for country equivalent
  • For those whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied for a degree in an English language university, evidence of proficiency in English: an IELTS score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component).
  • A desire to make a positive impact on public policy – whether in government, industry or the third sector, at a national or international level.
  • As this course is aimed at career professionals, we are looking for candidates with at least two years professional experience. For exceptional applicants, we will consider less than this but are very unlikely to admit applicants who have not yet completed their Undergraduate degrees.

Please note: If you are not predicted to achieve these academic requirements it is very unlikely you will be offered a place on the course as we receive a large volume of applications from very well qualified applicants. If you do not achieve the required English Language scores you will not be admitted.

Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants who have been accepted or whose application has been rejected will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

Apply Online 

To apply for this course see the information on the Postgraduate Admissions webpage.

When you have completed the necessary preparation and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information before you create your application.

  1. There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your card details when you submit the online application.
  2. Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation which can be uploaded via the Application Portal. 

Please see our Postgraduate Application Guide for further information on the application process.

Upload Supporting Documentation

Applications should be made using the Graduate Applications Portal, all supporting documents should also be uploaded using the portal.   

Applications will not be considered by the Department until all the documents are uploaded, as the Graduate Admissions Office only releases complete applications to Departments. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding, even if you apply in time. We do not chase applicants for missing documents. 

Incomplete/inactive applications (i.e. those which have been missing documents for a considerable length of time) will be withdrawn by Graduate Admissions, and will therefore never reach the Department. 

Required Documentation