Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent and/or merit in Master's, with minimum 65% mark for the Master's dissertation.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Academic staff have a strong record of research and publication within all the main subfields of politics, including: British politics: Constitutional and parliamentary reform, devolution, freedom of information and electoral participation; alternative electoral systems Comparative politics and government: Democratisation and democracy promotion; the politics of ethnicity; political campaigns and electoral behaviour; comparative urban and local politics; public opinion EU politics and public policy: EU decision making and institutions, regulation and delegation, lobbying, constitutionalism, citizenship and democracy Human rights: Human rights and non-state actors; corporate responsibility for human rights violations; theories of human rights and justice; adjudication and interpretation in international legal bodies; democracy, religion and human rights standards; trade and human rights; global poverty and human rights; militias, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and transnational corporations International relations: International peace and security; globalisation and global governance; international migration; international finance and the political economy of development Political economy: Comparative and international political economy; distributive politics; public spending and budgeting; economics of happiness; behavioural genetics; political economy of energy and climate change Public policy: Business-government relations, including EU and the USA; formal models of executive and bureaucratic politics; and public ethics Political theory: The history of modern political thought – particularly nationalism, liberalism and republicanism; multi-culturalism, toleration and citizenship; democracy and constitutionalism within and beyond the nation state; contemporary political philosophy.

Department specialisms

Academic staff have a strong record of research and publication within all the main subfields of politics, including: British politics: Constitutional and parliamentary reform, devolution, freedom of information and electoral participation; alternative electoral systems Comparative politics and government: Democratisation and democracy promotion; the politics of ethnicity; political campaigns and electoral behaviour; comparative urban and local politics; public opinion EU politics and public policy: EU decision making and institutions, regulation and delegation, lobbying, constitutionalism, citizenship and democracy Human rights: Human rights and non-state actors; corporate responsibility for human rights violations; theories of human rights and justice; adjudication and interpretation in international legal bodies; democracy, religion and human rights standards; trade and human rights; global poverty and human rights; militias, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and transnational corporations International relations: International peace and security; globalisation and global governance; international migration; international finance and the political economy of development Political economy: Comparative and international political economy; distributive politics; public spending and budgeting; economics of happiness; behavioural genetics; political economy of energy and climate change Public policy: Business-government relations, including EU and the USA; formal models of executive and bureaucratic politics; and public ethics Political theory: The history of modern political thought – particularly nationalism, liberalism and republicanism; multi-culturalism, toleration and citizenship; democracy and constitutionalism within and beyond the nation state; contemporary political philosophy.

Information for international students

See: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international-students

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

A departmental studentship and partial bursaries are available from the Department of Political Science and Constitution Unit for research students applying for entry in 2015. Several Departmental Postgraduate Teaching Assistantships are available annually for enrolled PhD students. The department has AHRC and ESRC Scholarships available for Master’s and PhD study. Further details at www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/funding

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Name
SPP Administrator
Email
spp.pg@ucl.ac.uk
Phone
020 7679 3000
Fax
020 7679 3001