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Entrance Requirements

Academic qualifications: PhD or MPhil

Applicants are required to hold (or to expect to be awarded) a Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline, with the grade of Merit or Distinction, or overseas equivalent.

Your Master’s degree should include modules in econometrics or quantitative methods; we would expect applicants to have achieved high marks in these modules. We don’t require candidates to have had high-level training in all the methods they will go on to use; rather, we expect our students to undertake ongoing training throughout their studies.

Very exceptionally, we may admit candidates without a Master’s degree who provide evidence that they have gained equivalent skills through some alternative route (e.g. by working in another social research organisation).

Academic qualifications: 1+3 courses of study

Applicants are required to hold (or to expect to be awarded) a Bachelor's degree in a relevant social science discipline, with a high 2:1 or 1st class honours, or overseas equivalent.

A research proposal

Applicants are required to submit a research proposal of around 1000 to 2500 words. Please check that your proposal is relevant to ISER’s scientific programme by reading our guidelines in areas of study.

English Language Proficiency

We expect candidates either:

  • To have English as a first language, or
  • To hold a degree from an English-language university, or
  • To submit scores from a language test taken within the last two years (we generally require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent).

If you don’t satisfy any of these conditions, we may still offer you a place on the condition that you obtain satisfactory scores on a language test before starting your course. Further details of language requirements and test equivalence are available on the University’s website.


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