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Political Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #108 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The PhD in Political Science is an innovative programme which combines an intensive set of courses on the substance and methodology of research along with a traditional emphasis on conducting original research.
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Overview

Students are taught by some of the top researchers in Europe, enthusiasts for their subjects who bring to their students not only the accumulated wisdom of the wider political science community but also the fruits of their own cutting edge research. PhD students will be taught by active researchers who can convey the excitement of not just reading about but actually doing political sciennce research.

Since the first cohort completed the PhD programme in 2000, Trinity College Dublin has awarded doctorates to over 50 Political Science students. Graduates of the programme are eagerly sought after and most have gone on to secure full-time positions in prestigious universities.

The programme attracts students from all over the world. Graduates, or current students, have come from Ireland, Sweden, Italy, the USA, Poland, Germany, the UK, Belarus, Canada, Australia, Belgium and Moldova, to name just a few. This international mix adds a positive and exciting dimension to the life of the Department.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Design
  • Topics in Political Behaviour
  • Political Institutions

Audience

A significant number of entrants to the programme are graduates from Irish universities, yet the programme has also attracted students from all over the world. Graduates, or current students, have come from Ireland, Sweden, Italy, the USA, Poland, Germany, the UK, Belarus, Canada, Australia, Belgium and Moldova, to name just a few.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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  • Minimum required score:

    63

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Academic transcript(s) which must be certified by the issuing body:
  • Please note that graduates of the University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin do not need to provide academic transcripts or copies of award parchments.
  • Certified copy of degree certificate(s)
  • Please note that graduates of the University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin do not need to provide certified copies of degree certificates
  • A recognised certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language . (See International Student Entry Requirements).
  • You may also be required to submit further documents e.g. a sample of work in support of your application/ additional test results such as GMAT 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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