Politics PhD

I get a lot of support from my supervisors. They are just amazing.

Syeda Annie Waqar PhD Politics

Why Surrey?

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.

Programme overview

We welcome applications from students who would like to conduct research (leading to an MPhil or PhD degree) 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
  • British politics
  • Electoral politics
  • East and South-East Asian politics

Research students within the Department are well supported; in addition to regular supervision sessions with supervisors, all students are able to take advantage of training opportunities at University and Faculty level.

We also have a dedicated room for all research students with good ICT facilities.

Funding

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’.

Related research areas

Related departments/schools

Programme facts

Type of programme:

PhD

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 30-48 months
  • Part-time: 60-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July

Contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 509

politics-admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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.

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English language requirements

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

Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time TBC £16,000
Part-time TBC £8,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

More info

Contact Us

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

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