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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Research opportunities

We have over 30 full-time staff who can offer you great expertise and supervision in your area of research. You'll be based in our Graduate School where you'll join our current research students working across many disciplines.

You can study an MPhil over one year or a PhD over three years.

You can carry out your degree in any of our research areas:

  • Improving quality of public policymaking & governance
  • Public policy & governance in times of austerity & post-austerity
  • Public opinion & political behaviour
  • Representational processes
  • International relations & international organisations

European Policies Research Centre

You can also study for an MPhil or a PhD in our European Policies Research Centre which looks at:

  • regional economic development in Europe
  • regional policy in Europe
  • EU cohesion policy & other structural policies
  • regional state aid policy & competition policy
  • European spatial development & policy

We're particularly interested in research proposals that combine theoretical research with applied research and also contribute to the design and delivery of policy.

Our research

The School of Government and Public Policy has a long history of producing world-class research. We're one of the founding members of the European Consortium for Political Research, the largest organisation of its kind in European political science.

We welcome visiting scholars, postdoctoral researchers and often invite external speakers to take part in our seminar and lecture series.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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

You require to have a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a politics-related discipline.

University information

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