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School of Government & International Affairs

Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes

MA/ MSC and MPhil

  • You will normally need to have a good honours degree (2:1, upper second or a first) or its equivalent, in an appropriate subject from a recognised university.
  • Overseas students - see equivalent entry requirements and any English language requirements on our country pages. The information is split up by country, so if you do not see your country listed or have further questions, please contact the International Office.
  • English language entry requirements for overseas students, see section at the bottom of this page. 
  • Applicants must provide two references, one of which should be academic; these can either be sent by applicants in signed and sealed envelopes, or they can be sent directly to the School. We accept references by letters or emails from refereees, or uploaded on the application system.
  • Most importantly applicants applying for research degrees MUST submit a research proposal with their application, 500 words minimum.

PhD

  • You will be required to have at least a 2:1 or a First Class honours degree and usually a Master's degree in an appropriate subject, or its equivalent, from a recognised university.
  • Overseas students - see equivalent entry requirements and any English language requirements on our country pages. The information is split up by country, so if you do not see your country listed or have further questions, please contact the International Office.
  • Students who do not have a Master's degree may, in some instances, be accepted for an M.Phil with the possibility of upgrading to a Ph.D upon satisfactory completion of in-sessional research training.
  • Applicants must provide two references, one of which should be academic; these can either be sent by applicants in signed and sealed envelopes, or they can be sent directly to the School. We provide reference forms which can be downloaded but it is not essential that they are used, letters or emails from refereees are quite acceptable.
  • Applicants should provide transcripts and evidence of Bachelors and/or Masters degrees.
  • Most importantly applicants applying for research degrees MUST submit a research proposal with their application, 1,500-2,000 words. 

English Language Requirements For Overseas students:

 

We welcome applications from students from all nations. All instruction for higher degrees is conducted in English. In order to profit from your study you will need to be proficient in English. Therefore, if your first language is not English, you will be required to show evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English.

 

Requirements for entry to MA/ MSc/ MPhil/ and PhD:

The standard entry requirement for all MA/MSc MPhil programmes offered is a score of:

  • IELTS 7.0 or above (with no component less than 6.5); 
    OR
  • TOEFL IBT (internet based test) score of 102 with no component less than 25;
    OR
  • Pearson Academic (PTE) - overall score of 70 (with no score less than 62 in each component).
    OR
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) at Grade A or B.

If it has been more than two years since a certificate of proficiency has been taken than an up-to-date test must be completed. Students taking the Durham University English Language Centre pre-sessional course will be required to achieve a grade of B or above.

TO APPLY

Candidates MUST APPLY ONLINE

For further information contact: Postgraduate Admissions

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