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    Funded places: February 2014 (date tbc) Unfunded places: 1 July 2014

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    This programme considers the dynamics of global transformation and their policy implications as well as their interrelations with national and regional institutional and social responses to the global political and economic order.

    You are encouraged to analyse the impacts of economic globalisation, examine relationships between global governance and inequality and understand that analysis and resolution of many of the key problems that confront humanity in the 21st century require new and interdisciplinary academic approaches, innovative methods and policy agendas.


    Research training on the pathway follows the standard South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) interdisciplinary format.

    Core units

    Three core research training modules will be selected from the consortium's offerings in research design, data collection and data analysis. There will be one pathway specific module and two modules will be selected from an open list.

    * Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design

    One of the core research training modules, this mandatory core unit addresses the characteristics and challenges of 'doing' interdisciplinary research in a globalised world.

    * Global Transformations - Issues and Trajectories

    This pathway-specific module introduces you to key concepts and debates in the field including the different forms of globalisation, global governance, global inequalities, and the developmental implications of the 'rising powers' of Asia.

    You will also produce a research thesis.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Undergraduate applicants may use UCAS system or Common App (for all courses except medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences). International students may find country-specific admission criteria on the website. For instant, student from Russia with a Certificate of secondary education may be admitted to the Univeristy of Bristol only after foundation/bridging program, while those with International Baccalaureate/A-level degree may apply directly to undergraduate programs.

    Graduate students have to use university's website for application. All documents should be uploaded on this website and the admission decision will also be provided on the website.

    International students should provide English test results in order to apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. University of Bristol accept various tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, CAE/CPE and some others. Language requirements may depend on the type of program: they are typically higher for Art&Humanities and lower for Science programs. For instance, the highest IELTS score required (profile A) for undergraduate and graduate programs is 7.5 (7.0 in each section).

    Program requirements


    A Masters qualification (or equivalent) with appropriate research training (or equivalent).

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

    The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    The SWDTC has been allocated 41 ESRC studentships per annum to be distributed over all the available SWDTC pathways for applicants from the UK/EU. Please see the ESRC website for more details.

    Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available at Student funding

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