Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

If you have any questions regarding entry requirements please email polirpgadmissions@kent.ac.uk


Students who wish to apply for a higher degree must normally possess or be expected to obtain equivalent to a UK first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant or appropriate subject such as Politics, International Relations, European Studies, Law or History. For admission to the MPhil/PhD programme, we normally require a Masters degree with a Distinction or a Merit. In some  circumstances, relevant professional qualifications and work experience are taken into account in lieu of formal educational qualifications.

For students that have studied outside on the UK, please visit our International Student webage for detailed academic requirements for each country.


The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree, we recommend that students take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as an IELTS or PTE:

  • IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 6.5 including 6.0 in reading and writing
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C.

Only English Language tests taken up to a maximum of two years prior to the start date of registration will be accepted for admission into the University.

We can often waive the English requirement for non-native speakers of English that have obtained a higher degree of education which was taught entirely in English. In order for us to waive the English requirement applicants will need to provide a document from their University confirming that the medium of instruction for their degree was English. Please note if applicants require a visa to study in the UK, they will have to take an English test due to the visa regulations set out by UKVI further information regarding this can be found on our central pages.

TOEFL tests

You may or may not be aware that Education Testing Service (ETS), who administer TOEFL tests, licence to carry out secure English language tests for UKVI purposes has come to an end and has not been extended. Due to this, the University of Kent will only accept TOEFL tests dated up to and including 17th April 2014. Please also note, that those applicants who wish to use a TOEFL certificate as part of their visa application will need to make their visa application and pay the visa fee before 22nd July 2014. The only exception is for those applicants who will be taking our 1 year International Foundation Programme, in which case the visa application must be made and the visa fee paid by 1st October 2014. After these dates, visa applications relying on TOEFL certificates will not be accepted. For more information please see the UKVI website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests.


School of Politics & International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824429 or email the school

Last Updated: 02/07/2014