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 and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Further details of 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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+44 (0)161 275 4743