PhD Politics / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Entry requirements
  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject; and
  • Master's degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent)

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme overview

Our Politics PhD programme is a three-year (full-time) or six-year (part-time) course of study that enables you to carry out a piece of in-depth research in the area that most interests you.

You will benefit from:

  • a global reputation;
  • lively PhD student body;
  • multiple research seminar series; and
  • Expertise in a diverse set of areas of politics grouped in our five research clusters.

Politics is the biggest post-graduate community in our School and we welcome students from all around the world, forming a vibrant community both socially and academically.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,327
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,163
    International students (per annum): £9,250


We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool .

Contact details

School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Vicky Barnes
+44 (0) 161 275 4743
+44 (0) 161 275 2450

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