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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
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.
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
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
- full time48 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions