Masters (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with an average of 63% or above, and 2:1 at undergraduate level (or international equivalent)
Months of entry
A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis.
You will normally need to take four intensive clinics with the Methods and Data Institute in your first two years, which teach the theory and practice of a particular research method.
Students without sufficient background in research methods may also be required to take additional taught modules in their first year. These will typically cover research design, philosophy of social sciences, qualitative methods and quantitative methods.
Methods and data research areas include:
- methodological research, focusing on studies of measurement and operationalisation, complex data structures, research design, multivariate analysis and textual analysis
- comparative social research, in the context of a number of large scale, EU-wide collaborative research projects about citizens, political parties, media, social movements and political institutions
- political and social attitudes and behaviour, based on work collecting data about parties and voters in various contexts
- systematic analysis of text, developing and applying automated methods of content analysis to political text such as speeches and manifestos to determine topic, content, and the ideological positions of actors
All applicants will be expected to pass an interview, to be conducted in person, via Skype or on the phone.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Support Hub
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