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


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.

Information for international students

See our website for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,060 (FT) £2,530 (PT)
International students
£19,580 (FT) £9,850 (PT)

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 on the department website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        36 months
          part time
          60 months

          Course contact details

          Political Science PhD Administrator
          +44 (0)20 7679 4982/4950