Students who wish to apply directly for a research degree will be expected to have a strong, detailed, and well-developed proposal for a thesis that can be supervised at Oxford.
Most graduate students in Politics and International Relations at Oxford begin their studies with the MPhil, which is a professional qualification in its own right but may also be regarded as preparation for the DPhil.
Entry to this MPhil degree programme is extremely competitive. It provides an intellectually rigorous training in the recent history of world politics, in the theoretical or conceptual study of International Relations, and in appropriate research methods.
This degree is centred on the advanced study of comparative government and political institutions.
This degree is designed to promote social scientific research on Europe.
This degree prepares students to conduct high-level research in political theory, interpreted broadly to include political philosophy, ideologies and the history of political thought.
This degree offers specialist and general training in philosophy, analysis and methods as they relate to the discipline of political theory.
This degree offers specialist and general training in social scientific methods and techniques as they relate to the discipline of Politics.
Applicants should normally have completed an undergraduate degree in Politics, International Relations or a related discipline with a first- or upper second-class honours or its international equivalent. A GPA of 3.7 or above would be expected from students who have studied at a university that uses the US grading system. Applicants who intend to apply for doctoral study should also have completed or be completing a relevant Master’s degree.