School of Politics and International Relations

How to Apply

Applicants wishing to apply for a research degree should send a:

  • completed application form together with the required documentation (including two academic references)
  • supporting statement
  • 2,000 word project proposal

Application can be made either by:

Full details of the postgraduate application procedures can be found on the postgraduate study pages.

Research proposal


Applicants are encouraged to make contact prior to the application process with possible supervisors. You may wish to take a look at the areas of supervision offered by staff in the school. However, all applications will be considered even if prior contact has not been made.

Once an application has been received, applicants who are not already known personally to the potential supervisor, will be contacted for a short interview to discuss the intended topic of your research. This interview can take the form of face to face interview, via Skype or over the telephone.

The Postgraduate Research Tutor will then make a decision on offering a place of study in the school.

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School of Politics and International Relations

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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