Research course

Politics, Languages and International Studies

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university. When considering applications the PoLIS Department also tak into account: Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in commerce, or industry, or in teaching, or in a government establishment, together with authorship of papers or other work of an acceptable academic standard, e.g. published translation.

Months of entry


Course content

Most students are registered in the first instance for the degree of MPhil. Students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis. The transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

This programme is recognised as being part of the following ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) pathways:

  • Political Science & International Studies (discipline-specific pathway)
  • Security, Conflict & Justice (interdisciplinary pathway)

Department specialisms

The Department's academic expertise and research activities are organised into three broad Research Clusters: Conflict, Security & International Order Governance,Citizenship & Policy Memory, History & Identity

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components), TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than Writing 21, Listening 21, Reading 22 and Speaking 23.

Fees and funding

We are committed to supporting excellence in student research - you can find funding for research degrees through studentships or scholarships. For more information, please visit: Postgraduate research funding opportunities

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 385233