Politics and International Relations, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    12600
    Tuition (Year)
    3996
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
The University of Edinburgh ,
This PhD degree provides a structured programme of research training to equip students with the skills required to complete doctoral-level research in politics. The degree is an ideal way for students to make an original contribution to the field of politics and international relations by pursuing a long piece of research on a topic of particular interest to them. An MSc/Diploma by Research in Politics is also available.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Programme Overview
  • The degree is based on three to four years of full-time research. Each student follows an individual training programme designed with their supervisor and the Postgraduate Adviser. This programme is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
  • In the first year, students acquire a wide range of research skills and formulate their research question and related design, under the guidance of their supervisors. At the end of their course of study students submit a thesis and are examined in an oral examination (viva voce) by two examiners (usually one internal to the university, the other external.)
  • The thesis is a long piece of research on a topic of particular interest to the student and makes an original contribution to the field of politics and international relations.
Research Training
  • All new research students follow a programme of research training, drawn from the MSc by Research courses coordinated by the Graduate School of Social and Political Science and Politics & International Relations-specific training. The programme equips students with professional training to a high standard. After graduating you can expect to be a strong candidate for careers in a wide variety of contexts, including academia, the media, the private sector and a diverse array of public services. Nearly everyone needs good researchers!
  • Politics & IR facilitates the acquisition of a range of transferable skills above and beyond those required by their specific projects, such as organising seminars and conferences, learning how to apply for research jobs in and out of academia, and learning how to deliver professional seminar presentations. Postgraduate researchers also have access to the University and College-wide programme of training in transferable skills and other aspects of professional development, such as specialist Careers advice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

  • The degree is based on three to four years of full-time research. Each student follows an individual training programme designed with their supervisor and the Postgraduate Adviser. This programme is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
  • In the first year, students acquire a wide range of research skills and formulate their research question and related design, under the guidance of their supervisors. At the end of their course of study students submit a thesis and are examined in an oral examination (viva voce) by two examiners (usually one internal to the university, the other external.)
  • The thesis is a long piece of research on a topic of particular interest to the student and makes an original contribution to the field of politics and international relations.

Test Scores

StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

Academic Requirements

  • Degree certificate(s) – for all previous degrees. Please note that this can be provided after assessment in most cases.
  • Final/interim transcript(s) – for all previous and current degrees. Interim transcripts with current cumulative averages are acceptable for those still studying, though the final average is required if the degree has been completed.
  • Grading scale(s) – for each university transcript is submitted.
  • Applicant's postgraduate work at Masters level. We will expect a good overall performance, with particular focus on the dissertation.
  • Applicant's research proposal. The proposal (no more than three to four A4 typed pages, not including references) should: (a) indicate clearly the question/issue/topic which the applicant wishes to pursue; (b) provide a general background for the proposal (Why is that question important? What is the existing literature on the topic? What is the gap which your research aims to fill?); (c) set out the methodology to be used for the research in relation to data creation and data analysis (Will the research need statistical modelling? Will it require interviews and surveys? Will it require specific historiographic and archival skills?); (d) indicate why you are particularly well suited to carry out this particular research (for example, show why your past studies and/or professional experience are particularly relevant to your project).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12600 International
  • GBP 3996 EU/EEA

Tuition fee for Part-time programme:

  • EEA: £1,998
  • International: £6,300

Funding

Up to 10 fully funded PhD scholarships in Politics & International Relations, Edinburgh

  • Applications are invited for up to 10 funded PhD studentships in Politics and International Relations (PIR) at the University of Edinburgh.
  • We seek PhD candidates in all subfields of politics, international relations and political theory with a proven track record of academic excellence. Candidates will be judged on past academic performance, the quality of the research proposal and fit with departmental research expertise.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Testimonial Registration Module

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.