Entry requirements

We will consider all applicants with 2:2 or above, or equivalent international qualifications. For some courses, there may be additional requirements which can be found on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Our four-year integrated PhD Government follows the MA Politics programme for year 1 before beginning the PhD study programme

within the department in year 2. By opting for our four-year Integrated course, you will benefit from guidance and training to develo

p the research mind set needed for your PhD studies. On the first year of your studies you will receive training in research methods,

followed by advanced research training and as your course progresses, expert supervision to reach your full potential, as well as

access to top quality research facilities. A PhD at Essex makes you a member of a department that has always been one of the highest-rated

Politics department in the UK. We are currently 7th in the UK for Politics and International Studies in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

We are renowned especially for our expertise in the areas of:

- Political Behaviour

- Comparative Politics Ideology and Discourse Analysis

- International Relations

- Conflict Resolution Political Theory

Whatever the field, Politics at Essex is all about moving from opinions to evidence. Always seeking out cause and effect, in our

research, we cast light on important questions across the political range and also some that you may never have ordinarily

connected to Politics or government. Our PhD programme provides you with advanced research training and supervision by

globally leading scholars. We work with you to analyse and explain significant political outcomes such as war and peace,

transitions to democracy, the way governments shape the economy, or the results of the elections.

Department specialisms

We have always been the highest-rated politics department in the UK (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014). We are renowned for our expertise in Political Behaviour, Comparative Politics Ideology and Discourse Analysis, International Relations, Conflict Resolution and Political Theory.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score


Information for international students

Entry requirements
You can find international entry requirements for most countries on our webpage www.essex.ac.uk/international. If your country is not listed, please contact Postgraduate Admissions at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk. Pre-sessional English Language courses
If you need to improve your English language skills before joining your main degree course, we offer pre-sessional English courses on our campuses in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. To learn more, please visit www.essex.ac.uk/international/pre-sessional. Funding You can explore scholarship opportunities for your country at www.essex.ac.uk/international or view our university-wide scholarships at www.essex.ac.uk/scholarships.

Fees and funding

There are a wide range of funding options for postgraduate study, including scholarships, bursaries and alumni discounts. You can check your eligibility at https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate/masters/fees-and-funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions