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

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Department of Politics is a thriving space for research and public engagement on a range of political areas. We focus most of our research activity through our research centres: the Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) and the Centre for International Intervention (Cii).

With colleagues working across political and international relations topics, and an open and collegiate environment, we encourage and support innovative thinking and activities, with postgraduate researchers playing an important role in this.

This includes opportunities for researcher training, discussion and presentation of work and regular external speakers, as well as participation in the events organised within the Faculty and University. Our doctoral programme promotes high-quality research in politics, international relations and policy studies.

At present we have about 15 doctoral students working on a wide range of issues.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4195
International students
£16,000

Faculty Studentship Opportunities

The Department of Politics also offers Faculty-funded studentships.

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.

Awards

The Asako Okukubo Prize for Politics

The Asako Okukubo Prize is awarded each year to a student who has completed a research degree programme within the Department of Politics and who has produced a doctoral thesis of ‘excellence’.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
politics-admissions@surrey.ac.uk
Phone
01483 686 509