Ph.D. On Campus


University of Glasgow

36 months
20400 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Along with Edinburgh and St. Andrews, we form the Politics and International Relations  at University of Glasgow pathway of the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Scottish Doctoral Training Centre (S-DTC).


Program highlights

  • Politics have an active and engaged community of doctoral students, about a third of whom are from the UK with the rest coming from countries around the world. We work to foster this community through an annual retreat, our research seminars and regular staff-student social events (including the annual Munro Challenge).
  • Comparative Politics topics for which supervision is available include political parties, institutions and change; elections and voting; comparative constitutionalism; gender; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politics; human rights; political communication; political economy; political psychology; politics and popular culture; environmental policy; welfare policy. We have particular expertise in the politics of China; Europe, including Scotland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Greece, the European Union; Russia; Latin America.
  • With regard to International Relations University of Glasgow offer supervision with respect to: international cooperation and international organisations; international political economy; international development; international security; human rights; gender and development; foreign aid; foreign policy analysis (particularly of the European Union, Russia and China); humanitarianism; post-war conflict and violence; legitimacy and communicative ethics; just war tradition; English School; transnational politics (non-state actors).
  • In Political Theory we can supervise PhD theses on: contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy; contemporary social theory; German political thought; the history of political thought; human nature and politics; jurisprudence; liberalism and philosophical anthropology; freedom of speech/expression; ethics and international law; cosmopolitanism; moral epistemology; distributive justice; feminist theory.

Programme Structure

Most research in Politics is grouped within one of four research clusters:

  • Citizens, Communication and Political Actors
  • Gender and Sexualities Forum
  • Historic and International Theory (HINT)
  • Transformation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts/degree certificate 
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20400 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

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