Research course

Politics Research

King's College London · Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have Masters degree with at least a Merit (or international equivalent) including a dissertation mark of no less than 65% (UK marking scheme).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Department of Political Economy is the only political economy department in the UK. We welcome applications for postgraduate research in politics, economics and political economy. Particular areas of strength in the department include public policy, health technology, Austrian economics, political theory, and the politics of emerging economies.

Our research uses a range of methodological approaches and includes political science, comparative politics, and political sociology; public policy and policy analysis; international relations and foreign policy analysis; European governance, regulation and economic decision-making; political theory, political philosophy, and the history of political thought; democratic theory, elections, and parties. Forthcoming appointments will strengthen and expand these areas of expertise. Admission to the PhD programme is highly selective, and requires a good match between PhD topic and supervisor capabilities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


part time
48-72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

John Meadowcroft
+44 (0)20 7848 7429