University of Nottingham Malaysia

Politics, history development and international relations PhD


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Qualification: PhD
Fees: Malaysian – RM35,700 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM41,900 per year
Mode: 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Intake: February, April, July and September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

We offer high-quality doctoral training to postgraduate students who wish to pursue PhD. As a research student, you will work under a supervisor who will assist you in your research and thesis design. Principal supervisors will normally be members of the school but secondary supervisors may be drawn from other schools in the faculty, from staff in the School of Politics and International Relations in the UK or the Division of International Studies in Ningbo, China. 

Current research areas

  • development
  • Europe and the wider world
  • international governance
  • international relations theory
  • political and social theory
  • security and conflict resolution
  • Southeast Asia: politics, society and international relations
  • the Malay world
  • the politics of the Middle East
  • transationalism

How to apply for MPhil/PhD

Only applicants with strong academic records and a proven aptitude for research will be considered. If you are interested in applying, we would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our research areas and staff expertise and then contact us to discuss your research project proposal with the school research director in the first instance – Dr Sumit Mandal. 

A final decision will only be made after a full application has been received. Visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A good master’s degree (usually merit or higher) plus, at least a second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in the relevant discipline. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. 


A first class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. 

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT): 100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 76 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 5

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.



Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.


School of Politics, History and International Relations
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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