Research course

Distance Learning in Politics and International Relations

University of Leicester · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

PhD and MPhil applicants must hold one of the following:

  • a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours
  • an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution

The undergraduate qualification should normally be in a subject relevant to the subject of the PhD/MPhil.

Research degrees are demanding and intensive programmes. To succeed at this level, applicants must be highly motivated, be able to work independently and as part as part of a team, be able to plan and manage their own work, and have an appropriate familiarity with the discipline and its associated research techniques.

In some cases - and particularly for funded studentships - applicants must also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The PhD by Distance Learning is designed to offer an additional mode of study to those who seek a PhD but would find it difficult to fulfil the requirements of full or part-time study on-campus.

Successful applicants for this programme will require a good quality research proposal as a key condition of entry, as well as meeting the usual University and departmental requirements. They will be assigned supervision from the relevant department.

All Distance Learning PhD candidates, regardless of department, will initially undertake a structured programme of research training over the course of 12 months. The research training will consist of four mandatory modules, delivered through a combination of module books and interactive tasks, readings and discussion on the University’s Blackboard virtual learning environment.

Following the completion of the research training, you will begin to focus solely on your proposed theses, with supervisory support provided by telephone or electronically.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
48-84 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office School of History, Politics and International Relations
+44 (0)116 252 5081