Ph.D. On Campus

Political Science

Trinity College Dublin

48 months
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The Political Science programme of Trinity College Dublin 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.


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 Political Science programme of Trinity College Dublin 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.

Is it for me?

Our four year doctoral programme is designed to give students the highest level of training to become scholars at the forefront of the discipline. It is designed in such a way as to train students not only to do research, though comprehensive research methods training, but to gain teaching experience and to be prepared for the academic job market, as borne out by the placement record of the programme. Most of our PhD graduates have gone on to careers in research and teaching at established universities, while others have gone on to careers in government and business.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Copy of full and official academic transcript(s)
  • Copy of degree certificate(s)
  • Research Proposal
  • Detailed CV
  • Two academic references
  • Valid English language test result (if applicable - see above)

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.


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