Research course

Sociology, Politics and International Studies

University of Bristol · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a Master's qualification (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies is an interdisciplinary scholarly environment, producing leading research that is international in its focus and relevant to the changing circumstances of an increasingly interconnected world. The programmes we offer are PhD in Politics, PhD in Sociology and PhD in East Asian Studies.

We are committed to rigorous conceptual and empirical research that is politically and socially relevant and problem-orientated. We aim to advance theory, knowledge and methods at the interface between sociology, politics and international relations. The questions addressed recognise that political structures are related in complex ways to the social conditions that underlie them; likewise, social conditions are affected in complex ways by political structures. Our aim is not just to monitor the global condition but to contribute to ways that might improve it.

Our research activity is guided by focusing on key themes:

  • Critical security
  • Ethnicity, migration and citizenship
  • Europe and Europeanisation
  • Political and social inequalities
  • Social, cultural and political theory
  • South and East Asia

All researchers across the school identify with one or more of the themes. This enables collective identification over themes within the school and aims to generate further collaboration and interdisciplinarity in our research activities. In addition, the themes provide a basis for internal and external recognition of the main questions and topics that our research addresses.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: £2,093
International students

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also apply for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
84 months
full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Student Administrator
+44 (0) 117 331 7572