Research course


The University of Manchester · Politics

Entry requirements

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject; and
  • Master's degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our Politics PhD programme is a three-year (full-time) or six-year (part-time) course of study that enables you to carry out a piece of in-depth research in the area that most interests you.

You will benefit from a global reputation, lively PhD student body, multiple research seminar series, and expertise in a diverse set of areas of politics grouped in our five research clusters. Politics is the biggest post-graduate community in our School and we welcome students from all around the world, forming a vibrant community both socially and academically.

Politics at the University of Manchester is one of the top politics departments in the country, and in the top fifty; globally. This offers many career opportunities for our PhD students, such as:

  • Networking, internally and externally;
  • Support for diverse research methods and approaches;
  • Overseas and fieldwork visits;
  • Internships, and;
  • Career development.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Research training in year one, partial completion fo PhD may result in award of MPhil; MPhil can apply to convert to PhD after one year.

Course contact details

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