School of Social Sciences
Politics and International Relations
PhD Political Studies
1. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
1.1 Except for the School of Medicine, applicants are required to have
a minimal final grade of at least 60% (or among the top 25% of their cohort),
2:1 UK or international CGPA of 3.0) in their bachelor’s degree from a
recognised institution (equalised), majoring within the same area of the
1.2 An applicant seeking admission to the programme of Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD) at UKH must have an /MA/MSc/MPhil from a recognised institution
(equalised) with a minimum score of 70% or an equivalent GPA and majoring
within the same area of the proposed degree.
1.3 English Language Competence: Prior to admission, applicants shall
have obtained a score of at least 60 in a Pearson Test of English (Academic)
for the natural sciences, or the equivalent in IELTS or TOEFL examination, and
65 or the equivalent in IELTS or TOEFL examination, for the social sciences, or
as determined by the relevant School, including UKH or any other English based
1.4 There shall be no discrimination in terms of gender or ethnicity and
1.5 Applicants must submit a research proposal in a format of
literature review and being cited of 2500 words 1.5 spaced in a font size
of 12, Arial, following the specific form provided by UKH under the title of
“Outlines of the Proposed Research Topic", or as stipulated by the
appropriate School. Applicants shall direct their applications via the
Registrar to one of the relevant Schools and Departments within the UKH.
1.6 Applicants seeking admission to a PhD programme shall be subject to a
rigorous interview in which the candidate’s suitability for higher research
shall be judged.
1.7 All applicants shall undergo a written entrance examination comprising
70% of the accumulated points total. 50% of the exam total shall be allocated
to each of two categories: A.) general academic competence; and B.) subject
expertise in the applicant’s proposed field area and educational
background. The passing mark is 60%, which must be attained in both
categories A and B.
Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered.
Note: For AY 2020-21 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.
USD 6,000 per academic year