Manchester has one of the largest and strongest politics groupings in the UK, with a long and distinguished history as a centre of postgraduate education, research and training. We offer a comprehensive range of opportunities at PhD level, with more than 40 full-time academic staff providing expertise across all areas of politics.

At PhD level we offer a variety of supervisory options catering to distinct specialisations, while recognising common features of study within the discipline.

Our research training at both master’s and PhD levels draws on strengths from across the School of Social Sciences and the North West Doctoral Training Centre, allowing you to specialise in research methods as well as substantive research areas.

Our postgraduates reflect a growing and diverse global community, offering unrivalled opportunities to debate aspects of your research with a substantial peer group and to begin creating international networks that will stand you in good stead throughout your career.


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