Research course

Political Science and International Studies

University of Birmingham · Department of Political Science and International Studies

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry qualification for PhD studies is an upper second-class honours degree from a recognised institution.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Department offers supervision leading to the research degrees of MPhil (minimum registration two years) allowing participants to complete a 40,000-word supervised thesis, and PhD (minimum registration three years) allowing participants to complete an 80,000-word thesis constituting a major piece of original research work.
We are able to supervise a wide range of topics, in line with the research interests of our teaching staff.
In broad terms our research work is focused around eight research groups:
  • Asia
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • European Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Political Theory
  • Security Studies
  • International Relations Theory
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology
Sociology at Birmingham has a thriving research culture with staff publishing and supervising graduate students in the following areas:
  • Critical Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender and the Family
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Political Sociology
  • Post-Colonialism and Ethnicity
  • Religion and Faith
  • Social Theory
  • Status and Celebrity
  • Technology and Culture
Learn more about the research interests of our staff and how to contact them.

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Department specialisms

Asia Research Group; Diplomatic Studies Research Group; European Politics Research Group; Political Economy Research Group; Political Theory Research Group; Security Studies Research Group; International Relations Theory Research Group; Political Sociology Research Group.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005