Candidates MUST normally have;
- Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
- Normally a Masters degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
- Cognate subjects include: politics, anthropology, economics/political economy, geography, history, languages/cultures, law and sociology.
- Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
- All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.
Having an expert supervisor is extremely important for success in Research degree programmes and part of the application process is that we seek suitable supervision. With 74% of our research output ranked as world and nationally leading at the last REF (2014), we boast a number of exceptional scholars available for supervision. The best way to find a suitable supervisor is to look at the websites of the research clusters in Politics.
Feel free to make direct contact with any academics to discuss your proposed research topic. Please note that such contact can only be informal and no decision can be made on your application until it is submitted and processed through the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If you make a positive contact with an academic, please make sure to include their name on your application form when you submit it.
Months of entry
For further information on this programme please see the Politics page.
Information for international students
- IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5
- TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
- ALL non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
- Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
- All non UK/EU, non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.
Scores are valid for 2 years.
For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.
Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID
Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID
Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.
Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Sessional English Courses:
If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).
The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.
Fees and funding
To be considered for funding please submit a full on-line programme application by 1 December 2017.
- School of Social Sciences (Faculty of Humanities) - Research Impact Scholarships 2018 - to be confirmed
- School of Social Sciences - PhD Studentships - 2018/2019
- School of Social Sciences - North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWSSDTP/ESRC) - Studentships - 2018
- School of Social Sciences - China Scholarship Council Joint Scholarship for PhD Study
- School of Social Sciences - PhD/1+3 CASE Studentship - Electoral registration in Britain: inequality, reform and the prospects for automatic registration
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
Research training in year one, partial completion fo PhD may result in award of MPhil; MPhil can apply to convert to PhD after one year.
Course contact details
- School of Social SciencesContact name
- +44 (0)161 275 4743