Entry requirements

Taught master's degree in a related discipline

Months of entry


Course content

We aim to create a sense of community among our research students, encouraging you to appreciate the variety within political science by engaging in discussion with colleagues whose research topics are different from your own. If you join the Department to undertake research you will have both a supervisor and an adviser, or if appropriate, two supervisors. Your adviser provides an alternative source of advice and also gives you wider contact with the Department.

In the first year of your research programme you attend the Department's doctoral programme seminar. The Department is closely associated with the work of the School's Methodology Institute. We will advise you about additional methodological training appropriate to your project.

There are regular graduate seminars in each of the Department's subject areas. From the second year onwards you attend one of the following workshops: Political Theory, Political Economy and Public Policy, Comparative Politics, European Politics and Policy, or Ethnicity and Nationalism. You may also attend a workshop in your first year. We review your progress annually. If you successfully pass your review in the Summer term of your first year you will be upgraded to PhD status.

Department specialisms

Political Theory; Comparative Politics; Political Philosophy; Public Administration; Public Choice Theory; Politics of Individual Countries; the Politics of the EU; Politics of Ethnicity

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 107.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613