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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


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The application deadline for this programme is 13th July 2018.

Please note that full applications must be received by the deadline (13th July 2018) in order to be considered for entry in September 2018.

See the Graduate School's website for guidance on How to Apply. Applicants must carefully read the School of Social and Political Science’s academic and language requirements prior to submitting an application.

In addition to these requirements, the success of applications will depend upon the quality and suitability of the research proposal. PhD proposals should be four A4 pages in 12pt Times New Roman font (this does not include references), and written to a high academic standard in terms of style and referencing. To be accepted, the proposal must have clear, focused and achievable research aims and objectives, an academically valid methodology, and demonstrable relevance to contemporary debates within the academic international development literature. See the University's Research Proposal information page for further guidance on how to write a good proposal.

Please note, otherwise sound proposals may still be declined if we do not have supervisory staff available with expertise relevant to the topic proposed (please read carefully the information on Supervisors and Topics). Once you have completed your draft research proposal you are strongly advised to get in touch with the PGA, Andrew Bowman, to discuss your thoughts on potential supervisors from among the faculty. We strongly advise that you only submit the application once you have secure the agreement of at least one prospective supervisor. You must indicate in the appropriate section of the EUCLID application the name of any 'Proposed supervisor' who has agreed to the role. A well-developed research proposal is likely to help your initial engagement with a prospective supervisor. They might also ask you to provide them with written work from your Masters degree (for example, your MSc dissertation, or two long essays), in order to get a sense of your research potential). 

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