Research course


University of Exeter · Politics
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

Please contact the School for details.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

With over thirty members of faculty engaged in world-leading research and more than ninety research students currently enrolled, we offer a challenging but friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your own research interests.

Research interests fall into four clusters of interest: Comparative Political Behaviour & Institutions; Public Policy; International Studies and Political Theory

All academic staff in the department are active within at least one of these groups. Postgraduate students, whether working on their own or within larger projects led by staff members, are also integral members of clusters. Public Policy and Political Theory have journals associated with them and operate their own research seminars.

In addition to the clusters, there are also a number of University and School research centres which are more focussed and integrated, in many cases with external funding.

Politics in Cornwall offers a combination of the modern and the traditional. The main research strengths lie in the areas of environmental politics, international studies and comparative politics with a focus on nationalism and ethnopolitical conflict, international security, campaigns, media and electoral behaviour. Staff publish in esteemed political science journals and have been awarded major research grants from British and European funding councils

Department specialisms

Elections, Media and Participation; European Governance; Advanced International Studies; Political Thought; Rural Policy Research

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community.

Visit our website for details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit our website for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months

MA by research

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

Course contact details

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
+44(0) 1392 724490