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Politics and International Relations PhD

Politics and International Relations PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

International Relations International Politics Politics

Course type


Course Summary

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis. We offer PhDs in: Politics, International Relations, Politics and Contemporary History, Contemporary Chinese Studies (Politics and International Relations), Social Science Research Methodology. We encourage our students to play an active role in the school's research centres and institutes as well as the activities of the school as a whole. Politics and international relations research areas include: Asia and Pacific studies, British politics, China's governance and politics, comparative politics, conflict, security and terrorism, international relations, political ideologies, political theory, social and global justice, social science research methodology. Career destinations for our graduates include economists, management consultants, researchers, statisticians and university lecturers. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone to work for include the BBC, Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters, and the Thailand National Police Department.

Different course options

Full time | University Park Campus | 3 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have Masters (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with an average of 63% or above, and 2:1 at undergraduate level (or international equivalent)