Research course

Comparative Politics

University of Kent · School of Politics and International Relations
MA by researchPhD

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. If applying for the PhD programme, a Master's degree in a relevant subject is preferable.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The breadth of expertise within the School enables us to provide research supervision on a wide range of topics across the area of Comparative Politics. Current projects of students studying in this area include: Party System Institutionalization in the Post-Soviet region: The Case of Kyrgyzstan, The Impact of New Social Media on Political Behaviour, Support for the European Union: The Misleading Case of the Republic of Irelandand Glafkos Clerides: Transformative Leadership and the Revision of Greek Nationalism in Cyprus.

Students enjoy regular meetings with a supervisor and supervisory team, and are also given opportunities to collaborate with other members of staff through the staff research seminar and the activities of the four research centres. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual postgraduate research conference, during which various staff members discuss the work of research students, and outside speakers offer plenary lectures. Research students will also be able to benefit from the skills training offered by the University’s Graduate School.

Information for international students

Please check our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please refer to the University's postgraduate funding pages.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
60-72 months

Course contact details

School of Politcs and International Relations
+44 (0) 1227 827307