Research course

Politics and International Relations

Canterbury Christ Church University · Applied Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for PhD applicants is: a good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, an excellent research proposal. However, a Master's degree is often preferred as evidence of some experience in research. Holders of other qualifications are welcome to apply.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Our research and impact activities are grouped inot four overarching themes: Europe in the World; Elites and Institutions; Conflict, Security and Cooperation; and Applied Political Theory. For more information visit our website.

Department specialisms

Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University has a strong commitment to excellence in research. The politics team consists of academics with research expertise in a wide range of sub-disciplines. Our researchers are actively engaged in all branches of Politics and International Relations, including British Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Conflict Studies and Political Philosophy. Researchers are actively engaged in projects investigating the contemporary political leadership, federalism and post-conflict institution design, minority politics and contemporary radical political theory. Researchers are currently working in collaboration with experts in these areas based at a range of international universities. Enquiries should be addressed to Dr David Bates (

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from international Students. Find out more information here.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4260 pa (Full-time), £2556 pa (Part-time)
International students
£11750 pa (Full-time), £7050 pa (Part-time)

Canterbury Christ Church University Graduate School holds an annual scholarship competition. Details can be found here.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months
full time
24 months


distance learning
60 months
part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Further details of qualification

Course contact details

The Graduate School/Dr David Bates
+44 (0)1227 782701