Research course

Politics and Government (DTC)

University of Kent · School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. Please see for English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research programmes provide a combination of formal research training and individual supervision within a supportive environment, with regular interaction between staff and students.

This includes a weekly Graduate Research Training Seminar, regular meetings with a supervisor and supervisory team as well as an annual postgraduate research conference. You may also be able to benefit from the skills training[17] offered by the University's Graduate School

During the first year, all research students receive training in research methods and practice, while also working on their projects under supervision from a specialist in the relevant research area.

All members of staff can supervise theses leading to research degrees. We encourage potential research students to refer to our postgraduate research handbook for detailed information.

In 2011, the University successfully applied for ESRC recognition as a provider of doctoral training in political science and international studies (and other areas of the social sciences) as part of a consortium. As a result, we are now part of the South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, making us one of the key training outlets in our subject in the UK. Further details can be found on the South East DTC website.

Department specialisms

European and Comparative Governance; Conflict and Peace; Federal Studies.

Information for international students

These qualifications are available only at the Canterbury campus.

Fees and funding

Faculty Bursaries, ORS, British Council, ESRC and International Organisations.
Please see the University of Kent's


for the most current funding information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0)1227 827272
+44 (0)1227 827077