How to Apply

Step 1. Prepare a research proposal (1,500 words), these Research Proposal Guidelines may help you compose and/or refine your proposal. While there is no expectation for you to do so, you may wish to contact our Director of Graduate Studies if you require any further assistance or advice or if you want to discuss how well your topic ‘fits’ with the research expertise of our staff.

Step 2. Submit your formal application. Forms can be downloaded and printed from the Postgraduate Admissions Office website and sent by email to or by hardcopy. You can also apply online via UKPASS.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for entry to our PhD programme are generally expected to hold a First or high Upper Second Class Honours degree from a British university (or equivalent from a non-UK university), and to have a strong performance in a relevant Masters degree.


Applicants wishing to be considered for all funding opportunities must submit all application materials no later than 25 January 2019. Applications received after this deadline will be ineligible for University, Departmental, or Research Council funding. Self-funded applicants intending to start in 2019-20 need to submit all application materials by August 1, 2019


An interview is an integral part of the application process. Applicants who progress to the second stage of the application process will be interviewed in person or by Skype. The interview is also a central part of the process of determining the allocation of funding.


Writing a research proposal


InterPol Research Proposal Guidelines

Sample research proposals: