Research course

Political Science

Institution
UCL - University College London · Political Science
Qualifications
MPhil/PhD

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements are an upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) and merit (or equivalent) in a recognised Master’s degree programme and a minimum 65% mark on the Master’s degree dissertation. At least one of the three has to be a first class/distinction (or equivalent). Students applying for the 1+3 without a Master’s degree will need to have a first-class Honours degree (or equivalent).

Months of entry

September

Course content

The department welcomes research in all the major sub-fields of political science. This includes international relations, political economy, public policy and management, legal and political theory, comparative politics, and data analysis.

Research areas

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; electoral participation; alternative electoral systems.
  • Comparative politics and government: democratisation; the politics of ethnicity; political campaigns and electoral behaviour; comparative urban, rural, and local politics; public opinion.
  • EU politics and public policy: decision-making and institutions; regulation and delegation; lobbying; constitutionalism; citizenship and democracy.
  • Human rights: human rights and globalisation; theories of human rights and justice; adjudication and interpretation; democracy, religion and human rights; global poverty and human rights; militias, non-state actors.
  • International relations: international peace and security; globalisation and global governance; international migration; international finance; international trade and investment.
  • Political economy: distributive politics in welfare states; political economy of development.
  • Public policy: business-government relations; executive and bureaucratic politics; public ethics.
  • Political theory: the history of modern political thought; multiculturalism, toleration and citizenship; democracy and constitutionalism; contemporary political philosophy.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
polsci.admissions@ucl.ac.uk