Entry requirements

A good Bachelors degree and preferably a Masters degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent in a relevant discipline. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Politics researches and publishes on topics such as citizenship and policy studies, defence and security, terrorism studies, international intervention, European politics, political communication and the media, political psychology, electoral behaviour, political theory and social exclusion. The School is rapidly making a name for itself as a lively and influential source of innovative thinking.

We welcome applications from students who would like to conduct research in any of our areas of expertise. However, we are also interested in hearing about other areas in which you would like to conduct research, if they are broadly in line with the School’s areas of research.

Key research areas include: European politics; International politics; Political theory and philosophy; Citizenship and policy studies; Educational politics and policy

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English are required to offer a minimum English Language proficiency qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

ESRC South East Doctoral Training Centre PhD studentships

The South East DTC offers ESRC PhD studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study politics, psychology, sociology or related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey. Please see the School of Politics studentships webpage for more information.

Faculty Studentship Opportunities

The School of Politics also offers Faculty-funded studentships. All applications for a DTC award (see above) will also automatically be considered under this scheme, so a separate application is not necessary if you are applying for a DTC studentship. Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 509