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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Southampton

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    24 months

Course summary

The degree of PhD is awarded to students who complete a programme of research, present the findings in a thesis and defend it successfully in an oral examination. The object of such research is to examine a single area or problem in depth, under the supervision of an experienced member of staff, as a training programme in advanced research. It is expected that you will also acquire a rounded, overall knowledge of aspects of political science related to your proposed topic and undergo training in a variety of research methods. Teaching opportunities on our undergraduate programmes may also be available.

We are always willing to discuss research proposals with applicants and to give guidance on their scope and focus. We have no dominant or preferred approach and can offer supervision using a range of approaches: quantitative, qualitative and critical theory. We encourage applications in those areas of strength identified above and where we have particular expertise. Our scholars are active across our five C2G2 research themes and many are internationally acclaimed in their respective specialism. Our PhD students therefore benefit from academic supervisors who are at the forefront of their fields. In addition, our Division enjoys ESRC recognition for its PGR programmes. We encourage and support student applications for ESRC funding and have a good record of success. Our Division also offers a number of competitive scholarships.

We offer PhD programmes in many areas of politics and international relations, and our Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance (C2G2) is active across our five research themes. Within these areas, we pursue and supervise research across political science, political philosophy, comparative politics, public policy, global politics, international political economy and international relations. Our research interests in these areas cover a wide range of topics.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,592per year

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University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton welcomes students from over 130 countries, including more than 7,450 EU and international students.
There are a wide range of support programmes to help students prepare for learning in a British academic environment and meet English language requirements.
Every September there is a free welcome programme for international and EU students, designed to help students settle into life in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    28th out of 85 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    136 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%



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