Research course


The University of Manchester · Politics

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD are expected to have a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant Social Science subject with a minimum overall average of 60%.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Politics is one of Europe's top centres for research and teaching, bringing together one of the largest groupings of politics staff in the UK and covering almost all areas of the discipline. Politics has a highly developed research culture. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, we secured a grade 5, thereby denoting international excellence. We also scored top marks of 24 in the most recent external evaluations of teaching, held in 2001. With such extensive and high quality teaching and training resources, we are able to offer you excellent supervision for MPhil and PhD degrees in a cutting-edge research environment. Our PhD student body reflects a growing and diverse global community giving you near unrivalled opportunities to make new friends, debate aspects of your research with a substantial peer group, and begin making those networks that will stand you in good stead throughout you careers.

Department specialisms

In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Politics secured a grade five, thereby denoting international excellence and Philiosophy obtained a grade four.

Information for international students

If first language is not English must attain one of the English Language courses listed on our website.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Vicky Barnes
+44 (0) 161 275 4743
+44 (0) 161 275 2450