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PhD in Politics and International Studies

Standard Duration: Full-time: 3-4 years, Part-time: up to 7 years

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree and Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

English Language: IELTS 7.0, Band B

With the guidance of a supervisory team you will undertake a significant piece of original research within the academic discipline(s) of Political Science and/or International Studies, ultimately producing a doctoral dissertation.

Training in research methods is provided by the Department, and your progress is formally reviewed at the end of each year. You will be part of a large and thriving research community both within and beyond your home department. PAIS PhD graduates go on to hold academic and other researchrelated posts across the world.

All students initially register for the degree of MPhil and usually upgrade to PhD status following the successful completion of their first year review.

Research Interests

By research groups: International Political Economy; International Relations and Security; Comparative Politics & Democratisation; Political Theory.

By theme: Development; Gender; Performance and Politics; Cyber Security; Intelligence; Food Security; Justice; US/EU/UK Foreign Policy; East Asia; Europe; Democratisation; Political Spaces; Environmental Policy; North-South Relations; Ethics; International Finance; Global Governance; Migration; Terrorism and Counter-terrorism..

Research Degrees
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Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree and Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

English Language Requirements

Band B - IELTS 7.0


Applications should be made online at

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2):
Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.


Various scholarship schemes run every year. Please visit the PAIS website or contact the PAIS Postgraduate Office for more information.

Details of other funding opportunities are available via the Graduate School.