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Political Science MPhil/PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent and/or merit in Master's, with minimum 65% mark for the Master's dissertation.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research areas

Academic staff have a strong record of research and publication within all the main subfields of politics, including:
  • British politics: Constitutional and parliamentary reform, devolution, freedom of information and electoral participation; alternative electoral systems
  • Comparative politics and government: Democratisation and democracy promotion; the politics of ethnicity; political campaigns and electoral behaviour; comparative urban and local politics; public opinion
  • EU politics and public policy: EU decision making and institutions, regulation and delegation, lobbying, constitutionalism, citizenship and democracy
  • Human rights: Human rights and non-state actors; corporate responsibility for human rights violations; theories of human rights and justice; adjudication and interpretation in international legal bodies; democracy, religion and human rights standards; trade and human rights; global poverty and human rights; militias, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and transnational corporations
  • International relations: International peace and security; globalisation and global governance; international migration; international finance and the political economy of development
  • Political economy: Comparative and international political economy; distributive politics; public spending and budgeting; economics of happiness; behavioural genetics; political economy of energy and climate change
  • Public policy: Business-government relations, including EU and the USA; formal models of executive and bureaucratic politics; and public ethics
  • Political theory: The history of modern political thought – particularly nationalism, liberalism and republicanism; multi-culturalism, toleration and citizenship; democracy and constitutionalism within and beyond the nation state; contemporary political philosophy.

Funding

A departmental studentship and partial bursaries are available from the Department of Political Science and Constitution Unit for research students applying for entry in 2015.

Several Departmental Postgraduate Teaching Assistantships are available annually for enrolled PhD students. The department has AHRC and ESRC Scholarships available for Master’s and PhD study. Further details at www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Wolfson Scholarships

Value:
£27,000 (3 years)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

Our research students have entered a wide range of career paths including top academic positions in UK and overseas institutions (e.g. Universities of Oxford, and Tokyo), international organisations (e.g. United Nations, European Commission), private sector (e.g. BNP Paribas, GlaxoSmithKline), NGOs (e.g. Smithsonian Institution, Amnesty International) and government (e.g. Foreign & Commonwealth Office, House of Commons).

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Lecturer in Human Rights, UCL (2011)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) (2011)
  • Lecturer in Politics, University of Glasgow (2010)
  • Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy, SOAS (2011)
  • Research Analyst, Clarifix (2011)
  • Research Associate, Institute of Ismaili Studies (2011)

Employability

This is one of the few PhD programmes in the UK that provides training in quantitative and qualitative research methods as an intrinsic part of the programme.

Networking

Networking opportunities include particular institutional and departmental connections with key external people and institutions which are supplementary to the taught element, such as speakers from Whitehall, lectures from policy makers and academics, and alumni talking to current students.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 29 staff › 378 taught students › 37 research students

Department: Political Science

Degree reviews

Student review

"I chose to apply for graduate study at UCL because the programme was extremely attractive, the supervisors that I was going to work with were great, and because the environment at my department fosters healthy competition and self-development."

Javier Sajuria

Subject: Political Science PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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