PhD Politics / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

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

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Please ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, as incomplete applications may not be considered.

Application Deadlines

For consideration in internal funding competitions, you must submit your completed application by 1 December 2023.

If you are applying for or have secured external funding (for example, from an employer or government) or are self-funding, you must submit your application before the below deadlines to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these dates have passed.

  • For September 2024 entry: 30 June 2024
  • For January 2025 entry: 30 September 2024

Programme options

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

Programme overview

  • Join a diverse and vibrant postgraduate community of PGRs from around the world.
  • Benefit from regular research seminars and events, and opportunities for professional development.
  • Receive support and expertise from academics working in a wide range of politics research areas.
Politics - PGR Virtual Open Week Session (September 24 entry)

Open days

The University holds annual open days, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our facilities and programmes. On this day, you will learn more about the School of Social Sciences, our Politics department, and our resources. You will also be able to meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions that you may have. 

For more information, see open days.

We will be conducting our PGR virtual open week in October 2024. Find our about future events and postgraduate research sessions by signing up our email alerts.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,786
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £21,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £2,393
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,750

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.


There are a range of scholarships, studentships and awards available to support both UK and overseas postgraduate researchers, details of which can be found via the links below.

To apply University of Manchester funding, you must indicate in your application the competitions for which you wish to be considered. The deadline for most internal competitions, including School of Social Sciences studentships is 1 December 2023. We can guarantee eligible applications submitted by this date will be considered in the funding competition. If you apply after 1 December 2023 and would like to be considered in the competition, please contact

All external funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting your funding application and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below.

For more information about funding, visit our funding page to browse for scholarships, studentships and awards you may be eligible for.

Contact details

School of Social Sciences
Contact name
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